The Lubrizol Corporation recently enhanced its blending plant operations in Deer Park, Texas, as pending heavy-duty diesel, passenger car and marine diesel specification upgrades drive demand for higher-performing engine oils. The $28-million expansion will improve blending efficiency and increase capacity to ensure supply reliability as the market shifts and grows. 

In addition to responding to market specifications, Lubrizol aims to improve service to its customers by investing in materials handling operations. An additional $37 million will provide infrastructure improvements to railcar loading and unloading operations and enhance tank truck and isotainer handling.

"The upgrades to our Deer Park facility come from anticipating the needs of our customers to help them meet present and future engine oil performance requirements," says Dave Fries, Lubrizol's corporate manufacturing director. "It's part of our commitment to putting our customers and their long-term success at the center of everything we do."

The expansion will include installation of new component storage tanks, state-of-the-art automated component manifolds, new unloading locations and additional capability in the company's automated inline blending technology. The project also should reduce manual labor and improve flexibility and customer response time.  

With headquarters in Wickliffe, Ohio, Lubrizol owns and operates manufacturing facilities in 17 countries, as well as sales and technical offices around the world. 

For more information, visit www.Lubrizol.com.