D-A Lubricant, Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of automotive lubricants, plans to relocate production of Brad Penn Lubricants from Bradford, Pennsylvania to Lebanon, Indiana. The relocation will create up to 25 new jobs by 2018.
The homegrown-Hoosier company will invest $3.9 million to equip its 250,000 square-foot headquarters facility at 801 Edwards Drive. Acquiring Brad Penn Lubricants last year, the company plans to begin producing Brad Penn high-performance oils in Indiana in April, helping the company gain a greater presence in the motorsports industry.
“We considered our options when we were faced with the challenge to expand our production capabilities,” said Mike Protogere, CEO of D-A Lubricant Company. “We chose to continue our growth in Lebanon, Indiana primarily for its outstanding business environment, a strong pool of local talent, geographic location and the support we received from the state and local officials. We’re excited for the future and continued growth in Lebanon, Indiana.”
D-A Lubricant, which currently employs 130 full-time associates, including more than 100 in Indiana, has already begun hiring for office, administrative, manufacturing and warehouse positions. Founded in 1919, the company supplies lubricants to the heavy duty, automotive, industrial and original equipment manufacturer markets. The company offers a complete line of performance-engineered products and services to keep equipment at maximum operating efficiency. D-A Lubricant operates distribution facilities in six states and ships lubrication products around the world.
“Doing business in Indiana is like operating a well-oiled machine,” said Eric Doden, President of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. “We’ve built a business climate in Indiana that allows companies like D-A Lubricant to expand with ease, helping Indiana lead the nation in manufacturing job growth.”
The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered D-A Lubricant, Inc. up to $100,000 in conditional tax credits and up to $100,000 in training grants based on the company's job creation plans. These tax credits are performance-based, meaning until Hoosiers are hired, the company is not eligible to claim incentives. The city of Lebanon approved additional incentives at the request of the Boone County Economic Development Corporation.
“I’m thrilled D-A Lubricant is expanding its operation in Lebanon,” said Lebanon Mayor Huck Lewis. “D-A Lubricant relocated to Lebanon looking for a friendly business environment and quality rail service in 2011. The company’s needs were met, and long-lasting relationship was formed. It’s great to see this quality partnership leading to the growth of a quality Lebanon business. We look forward to continued bright future of D-A Lubricant.”