Castrol Industrial North America Inc. announced a series of changes that it says is designed to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of its North American manufacturing, storage and distribution operations.

 

“The sharp economic downturn is having a significant impact on many of our customers” says Dave Fuerst, president, Castrol Industrial Americas “It is crucial for us to continue driving our own efficiency efforts to be competitive in the marketplace.”

 

Among the changes announced was the consolidation of manufacturing operations at Castrol’s Warminster, Pa., site, which will drive further scale and procurement efficiencies for the business and create a world-scale industrial fluid manufacturing and supply operation. Castrol will close a smaller manufacturing plant in Vernon, Calif.

 

Castrol also announced that it would consolidate its East and Midwest warehousing and logistics operations to a single site in the East coast and close a number of smaller depots. Castrol will continue to support customers through its route-to-market strategy which includes both direct sales and its distribution network.

 

Says Fuerst “These changes will help streamline our supply operations, which will enable us to better support our customers and our continuing growth strategy.”

 

Castrol Industrial North America Inc. is part of BP, one of the world’s largest energy companies and a leader in the exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas, as well as the manufacturing and marketing of fuels, lubricants and petrochemicals. BP is also active in gas, power and alternative energy sources such as solar and wind power.