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The McPherson Companies, Inc. Acquires Certain Assets of Retif Oil & Fuel, LLC and B&M Oil Company

The McPherson Companies, Inc. (McPherson) has acquired certain assets of Retif Oil & Fuel, LLC and B&M Oil Company, extending their distribution of ExxonMobil products in parts of Louisiana, Arkansas, Southern Alabama and the panhandle of Florida. The McPherson Companies are an ExxonMobil Circle of Excellence award recipient and these acquisitions further advance McPherson’s relationship with ExxonMobil in the Southeastern United States. In addition to the lubricants business, McPherson also purchased certain commercial fuel business in Arkansas.

The acquisition will increase McPherson’s lubricants volume by 40% and their commercial fuel volume by 15%. With the acquisition, the Company will have 210 employees and 10 warehouse locations in the Southeastern US.

McPherson, a second-generation family owned business, is the Southeast’s largest provider of lubricants, commercial fuel, diesel exhaust fluid, retail fuel and industrial services. The Company was founded by Charles McPherson in Oneonta, Alabama in 1971, and is now headquartered in Trussville, Alabama.

Ken McPherson, the second-generation owner, serving as President and CEO, is continuing the legacy of the family owned business while incorporating new advancements with automation and technology. Ken said “Our industry is rapidly changing and requires distributors to react quickly. This acquisition will enable McPherson to continue to expand our footprint and add profitable gallons, which is a priority for us. We are in it for the long haul and could not be more excited to add these new employees and locations to our family business.” Click for more about McPherson

Source: McPherson Oil Related story: Empire Petroleum Announces Acquisition Of Certain Assets Of B&M Oil Company

Imerys Graphite & Carbon enters Distribution Agreement with Soltex, Inc.


Imerys Graphite & Carbon announced a new distribution agreement with Soltex, Inc. who will distribute their TIMREX® graphites throughout the Americas for lubricant applications. This is a very special development between two companies bringing together exceptional technical competence in the lubricant market with world-leading graphite products.

TIMREX® graphites are produced with the highest purity, consistency and quality to meet lubricant and grease market requirements. Imerys Graphite & Carbon’s customers benefit from technical support and tailor made solutions which will be strengthened with Soltex’s new state of the art lab in Texas.

Soltex, Inc., a strong player in the lubricant market, is known in the chemical industry for exceptional customer service, sales force agility and technical support. Soltex’s outstanding logistics capacity will be instrumental in the distribution of Imerys Graphite & Carbon’s products.

Imerys Graphite & Carbon is a world leader in high-tech, high performance solutions and is the only company in the world to offer a comprehensive portfolio including synthetic and natural graphites, conductive carbon blacks, specialised cokes and dispersions. Imerys Graphite & Carbon belongs to Imerys.

Singla Joins ARG Railroad Sales Team

American Refining Group Inc. (ARG) announced lubricants industry veteran Anju Singla has joined its sales team as railroad sales specialist.

“Anju brings 8 years of lubricants sales experience and more than a decade on the research and development, technical side,” said ARG Railroad Business Manager David Tuttle, “so she is particularly prepared to help our customers with the expert solutions they need and have come to expect from ARG.”

Most recently, Singla served as sales representative for Soltex Inc. of Houston for its customers in the Midwest, East Coast and Canada. She also built significant sales and marketing experience with MidContinental Chemical in Kansas and International Petroleum Products & Additives Co. of California.

Singla began her 13-year career in research and development with Afton Chemical Corp. as an analytical chemist. Upon promotion to specialist, she began troubleshooting customer-specific challenges with gear oils, working closely with the sales team to understand the problem and communicate findings. She would ultimately achieve promotion to senior customer technical service representative at Afton.

ARG President and Chief Operating Officer Jeannine Schoenecker said, “We are excited to have Anju with us at ARG. Hers is a rare combination of sales, marketing and technical skills that will benefit ARG and our customers for years to come.

“David’s eventual retirement has been on our minds as the relationships he has cultivated within the railroad oils industry are virtually irreplaceable,” Schoenecker stated. “We are fortunate to have added Anju to our team at a time when David is ready to hand off his knowledge and experience. Preserving David’s progress and industry intelligence will be important to our customers and to maintaining our own longtime leadership in railroad engine oils.”

Singla holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from St. Louis University and an MBA from Averett University of Virginia.

ARG is a major purchaser of crude oil in the Appalachian Basin, striving to provide second-to-none service, consistent and quality products, and flexible collaboration toward the success of customers, suppliers and partners. For more information about ARG, visit

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