The Petroleum Quality Institute of America Welcomes PennStar as a New PQIA Supporter
The Petroleum Quality Institute of America (PQIA) is pleased to announce PennStar has joined PQIA’s growing list of supporters working to help assure the quality and integrity of motor oils, transmission fluids, and other lubricants in the market.
Headquartered in Northampton, PA, PennStar, is independent lubricant blender offering a full range of automotive motor oils, heavy duty motor oils, gear oils, transmission fluids, railroad engine oils, hydraulic oils and other industrial lubricants. PennStar was formed in 2018 when Coolants Plus, Inc., acquired Scot Lubricants, Inc, a blending and packaging facility in eastern Pennsylvania. The new Coolants Plus facility was renamed PennStar. The PennStar facility houses 250,000 square feet of production space, 750,000 gallons of tank storage and a state-of-the-art testing lab, giving Coolants Plus and the STARFIRE brand more control over manufacturing, quality assurance and greater flexibility in production and packaging.
Darrin Ward, COO, Coolants Plus/PennStar says, “PQIA has done an outstanding job raising awareness about the issue of poor quality, potentially engine damaging motor oils in the market and we welcome the opportunity to join with others supporting its efforts. The STARFIRE brand values the importance of what PQIA means to our industry.”
PQIA President Thomas F. Glenn says “We welcome PennStar’s support and its commitment to quality demonstrated by its willingness, like all our supporters, to agree to our Supporter Code of Conduct.” Further, Glenn adds, “While it is clear we still face serious challenges with poor quality off-spec engine oils and other lubricants in the market, it is with the help of PennStar and our other supporters that we are able to continue our work.”
To date, PQIA has identified over 25 different brands of packaged motor oils and ATFs on retail shelves that can cause damage to car engines or transmissions. In addition, dozens more brands have been found that fail a claimed specification or are labeled with false or misleading claims.
PennStar is a lubricant manufacturer and wholesale supplier of lubricants, antifreeze and chemicals, and is an active manufacturing member of the Independent Lubricant Manufacturers Association (ILMA). PennStar offers all package styles, from case goods to bulk loads and ship nationwide. Featuring STARFIRE (including dexos® licensed full synthetic 0W-20, and 5W-30), Blue Panther, Diesel Monster and Liquid Moon and a complete line of major brands, including Shell and Pennzoil.