Universal Lubricants has hit the 1.5-million gallon production mark for its ECO ULTRA line of recycled motor oil. (Earlier post.) The company has been selling to professional installers, but is now moving the product into retail channels, said John Wesley, CEO.
The US produces approximately 1.3 billion gallons of used oil each year, of which about 10% is re-refined. The rest of the used oil is either improperly disposed of (damaging the environment) or burned as an industrial fuel.
Universal Lubricants collects used oil from the government and private business such as auto parts stores, dealerships, service stations, and oil change centers across the US. The company then transports that oil to its re-refinery in Wichita, Kansas, where it undergoes hydrotreating to remove all of the water, fuel and solvents as well as metals, asphalt flux and other heavy contaminants. The purified high quality Grade II base stock oil is then blended with a synthetic formula and additives to make API-certified ECO ULTRA products. That oil is then collected again by the company and put back through its closed loop process.