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Class-Action Lawsuits Filed Against Tractor Supply Company, Smitty’s Supply, Orscheln, CITGO, and Old World Industries for Sales of “303” Tractor Hydraulic Fluid Products

Three class-action lawsuits have been filed in Cass County, Missouri claiming that the defendants (Tractor Supply Company, Smitty’s Supply, Orscheln, CITGO, and Old World Industries) conduct has harmed consumers by inducing them to purchase and use “303” tractor hydraulic fluid (THF) products, on the false promise that the 303 THF products meet certain specifications and by directly or implicitly representing that the products are safe for use in farm, construction and logging equipment and have certain characteristics and qualities that protect equipment from wear and damage when, in reality, the products do not meet any specifications and cause harm, increased wear and damage to consumers’ equipment.

Each of the defendants answered the complaints and denied any knowledge that representations of the products were false, and denied that they are liable to the plaintiffs in any amount.


Warren Distribution Breaks Ground on $13 Million Investment Doubling the Size of its Warehouse in Council Bluffs

Warren Distribution, a privately-owned manufacturer, marketer and distributor of automotive aftermarket products, announced that it broke ground last week on a $13 Million investment that virtually doubled the size of its warehouse in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

The 211,000 square foot addition will be built as an extension to Warren Distribution’s current warehouse and is needed to support the rapid growth it has been experiencing in the past several years.


“We are proud of our long history in Omaha and Council Bluffs, and remain committed to manufacturing, packaging and distributing superior lubricants and performance fluids,” said Bob Schlott, chief executive officer of Warren Distribution. “This expansion affirms our continued collaboration within the region, as well as our desire to provide customers the most comprehensive product experience of its kind.”

Schlott told JobbersWorld that Warren Distribution has reinvested an average of $20 Million a year over the past 5 years, and in 2017 and again in 2018, it will be spending in excess of $30 Million. Recent major investments include the new Houston blend plant that was commissioned earlier this year, a new warehouse in Ohio to support its operation in Glen Dale, WV, new blow molding capacity and conversion of high-speed filling lines across Warren Distribution’s system to accommodate wide-mouth bottles and pressure-sensitive labeling.

About Warren Distribution: Warren Distribution was founded in 1922 as Warren Oil Company by James Schlott, the grandfather of Robert N. Schlott, the current Chairman / CEO. The business began by supplying lubricating oils and related products to the agricultural business in the surrounding area. Such business remains the principle focus of the firm today. Today, three quarters of company revenue is from its own manufactured products (including both private label and house branded). Over the years Warren Distribution has received a number of performance recognition honors from its business partners including a Sears Partner in Progress Award (2000) and twice a WalMart Vendor of the Year Award (2003 and 2005).

Valvoline Completes the Acquisition of Great Canadian Oil Change

With 73 franchised stores in five provinces, Great Canadian Oil Change becomes Valvoline’s largest quick-lube brand in Canada

Valvoline Inc., a leading worldwide supplier of premium branded lubricants and automotive services, today said that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of the business assets of Great Canadian Oil Change Franchising Ltd., the third-largest quick-lube system in Canada.

The acquisition expands Valvoline’s existing quick-lube network to more than 1,200 company-owned and franchised locations in North America.

“Growing and strengthening our quick-lube network through organic store expansion and high-quality acquisitions in both core and new markets is a key growth strategy for the company,” said Sam Mitchell, chief executive officer. “Great Canadian Oil Change, with its established brand and loyal customer base, is Valvoline’s first international quick-lube acquisition and provides us with an excellent opportunity to expand our quick-lube footprint outside the U.S.”

About Valvoline™ Valvoline Inc. is a leading worldwide marketer and supplier of premium branded lubricants and automotive services, with sales in more than 140 countries. Established in 1866, Valvoline’s heritage spans over 150 years, during which it has developed powerful brand recognition across multiple product and service channels. The highly trusted brand ranks as the No. 3 passenger car motor oil brand in the DIY market by volume, the No. 2 quick-lube chain by number of stores in the United States and the No.3 quick-lube chain by number of stores in Canada. The company operates and franchises more than 1,140 Valvoline Instant Oil ChangeSM centers in the U.S. and more than 70 Great Canadian Oil Change locations in Canada. It also markets Valvoline lubricants and automotive chemicals, including the new Valvoline™ Modern Engine Full Synthetic Motor Oil, which is specifically engineered to protect against carbon build-up in Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI), turbo and other engines manufactured since 2012; Valvoline High Mileage with MaxLife technology motor oil for engines over 75,000 miles; Valvoline Synthetic motor oil; and Zerex™ antifreeze.

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