WICHITA, KS -- (Marketwired) -- 04/23/13 -- Keeping pace with the ever-growing importance of environmental protection in the lubricants industry, Universal Lubricants® (www.universallubes.com) today announced the appointment of industry veteran Bill Kennedy as director of environmental health, safety and compliance (EHS).
As the new leader of Universal Lubricants' EHS department, Kennedy will be responsible for ensuring company and customer compliance in all regulatory arenas, including Occupational Safety Health Administration (OSHA), Department of Transportation (DOT), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
"Minimizing waste and maximizing recycling is critical to the future of the environment as well as for our customers' sustainability and financial goals," said Universal Lubricants' CEO, John Wesley. "Bill will lead a team of experts in environmental regulations and environmental waste handling to guide customers to responsibly reuse and recycle materials in a way that protects their business, human health and the environment."
Kennedy will be based at Universal Lubricants' facility in Monee, Ill, one of 36 facilities operated by the company nationwide. In their closed loop process, Universal Lubricants collects used oil and re-refines it to produce quality Group II+ base oil which is then blended with superior additives to manufacture Eco Ultra motor and engine oils, hydraulic oils and automatic transmission fluids.
"Our infinitely repeatable closed loop cycle puts Universal Lubricants at the forefront of today's sustainability movement," Kennedy said. "But our services go well beyond collecting and re-refining used motor oil. We offer a variety of industrial services and work to find customized solutions for customers who may not realize the breadth of available opportunities to minimize waste through recycling. We work with customers to help identify where they may have compliance gaps and potentially damaging environmental Issues. We help them stay in compliance, which is good for the environment and for their business."
Kennedy's knowledge of the automotive and lubricants industries is grounded in first-hand experience and training. The Illinois native worked in a family-owned hardware store and in an automotive repair business as a teenager before going to technical school for automotive and diesel technology.
He began his professional career for an operating unit of Dow Chemical in 1981. Prior to joining Universal Lubricants' RS Used Oil Services in 2001, he managed transportation and hazardous waste processing operations for Envirite Corporation of Illinois, taught courses on Industrial Hazardous Materials at Prairie State College, and directed EHS and safety training for Ozinga Transportation Systems' fleet of over 140 power units throughout North America.
An active member of the National Oil Recyclers Association (NORA) and National Tank Truck Carriers (NTTC), Kennedy received NTTC's Grand Award for achievement in directing safety activities. He has been an officer in the fire service and volunteer firefighter since 1979.
"Universal Lubricants is like a family," said Kennedy. "We have people who care about each other and about protecting the environment for those who come after us. Local state and federal regulations are in place to make sure individuals and businesses adhere to them, and we're there to provide a service that makes sure things are being managed properly. It's really what our closed loop process is all about."
The company's extensive environmental and recycling services include contaminated water removal, solid waste disposal and sludge removal. For more information about Universal Lubricants please visit www.universallubes.com or call 1.800.444.OILS.
About Universal Lubricants®
Founded in 1929, Universal Lubricants is a driving force in used oil collection, base oil refining and product distribution. Through its closed loop process, the company collects, re-refines, blends and re-distributes its own engine oils and lubricants -- never losing guardianship within the chain -- to ensure that every quart is of the highest quality for optimal performance. Universal Lubricants operates 36 facilities nationally, including one of the world's most technologically advanced re-refineries in Wichita, Kansas. A leader in research and development, Universal Lubricants is a Pegasus Capital Advisors portfolio company and employs more than 465 workers. For more information visit www.universallubes.com.
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