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Prime Lube Expands BlueSky DEF Distribution with Sandri in New England


CARTERET, N.J., Nov. 2, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Prime Lube, Inc., one of the largest distributors of lubricants and anti-freeze in the Mid-Atlantic, announced today that Sandri Energy based in Greenfield, Mass. has become a major distributor of BlueSky Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF). Sandri will offer the mandated fuel supplement to its transportation and construction fleet customers throughout the states of Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont and Eastern New York.

"We are very pleased to welcome the Sandri Energy family into BlueSky distributorship," said Prime Lube CEO Robert Arbasetti. "Sandri is a well-diversified, progressive energy supplier, and we are confident that our new locally-manufactured BlueSky DEF will satisfy their customers' needs for quality, value and effectiveness."

Now in its third generation of family ownership, Sandri is a highly diversified energy supplier, providing gasoline and diesel fuel, a wide range of commercial, transportation and industrial lubricants and home heating fuel. The company has recently expanded into a growing portfolio of renewable energy sources, including solar electric power systems, wood pellet fuel, and ultra-low emission pellet heating systems.

Not only does the addition of BlueSky DEF enable the company to help its customers meet the required environmental mandates, but it also satisfies Sandri's desire to offer a wider range of more environmentally-friendly solutions.

"As a company, we firmly believe in the environmental benefits BlueSky DEF offers, and we recognized fairly early on that this is where the market was headed," said Stephen Ebbrecht, lubricants sales manager at Sandri. "As a fellow Signature Class Chevron distributor, we were very confident in quality of Prime Lube's BlueSky DEF, and its local manufacturing capacity will help keep costs lower—a savings we can pass on to our customers."

Prime Lube began production of BlueSky DEF in September at a new 15,000 square-foot manufacturing facility in Avenel, NJ through a partnership with Germany's Kruse Group—the leading global DEF manufacturer and raw materials supplier. The plant has an annual production capacity of about 4 million gallons, with room for expansion as demand grows.

All diesel-powered passenger and commercial vehicles produced after January 1, 2010 are required to meet new, lower nitrous oxide emission standards set forth by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. DEF, in conjunction with selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology, is the most effective and safest means by which commercial and private owner/operators can meet the required mandate. DEF is also mandated in Canada.

With this local manufacturing capacity, Prime Lube is able to offer a more affordable supply of DEF to its customers throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. In addition, the company's full-service distribution and handling capacity includes its own fleet of trucks for delivery, as well as the capability to provide customers with the dispensing equipment, storage tanks and other handling equipment required for DEF.

Prime Lube's BlueSky DEF is ISO and API approved to help neutralize the nitrous oxide emissions generated through diesel exhaust. In its most basic form, DEF is a blend of urea (derived from natural gas) and de-ionized water that combine to form ammonia, which turns nitrous oxide emissions into harmless water vapor and elemental nitrogen. It can even improve fuel economy up to 5 percent.

For more information about Prime Lube and Blue Sky DEF, call 1-800-634-4615.

For more information about Sandri Energy and Blue Sky DEF call 1-800-628-1900.

About Prime Lube, Inc.

Founded in 1987, Prime Lube, Inc. is one of the largest distributors of Chevron and ExxonMobil, Castrol products in the United States and also supplies its own private label brand, Prime Plus, in the New Jersey, southern New York State and New York City metro, eastern Pennsylvania, southern Connecticut markets. Serving a wide range of end-use markets, from the corner service garage to power plants, fleet management companies, industrial and off-road customers, Prime Lube specializes in providing technical expertise, as well as the conventional and synthetic oils and greases required to keep commerce in the New York region running. The company is located in Carteret, NJ, adjacent to the New Jersey Turnpike. For more information, please call (800) 634-4615.

About Sandri

Sandri Inc. ( is a family-owned and -operated full-service fuel and energy distribution company that provides diversified products, services and solutions to retail and commercial customers. They are a Sunoco-branded motor fuels distributor and a Signature Class Lubricant Marketer for Chevron that operates throughout New England and Eastern New York. Sandri also provides a variety of home heating fuels including: fuel oil, kerosene, propane and wood pellets to thousands of customers throughout western Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire. Leveraging its vast knowledge and experience in energy-related products and petroleum distribution, Sandri has recently added a renewable energy division offering direct to consumer solar hot water installations, wood pellet fuel and heating systems and photovoltaic installations, as well as distribution of these products to professional installers. For more information, please call (800) 628-1900.

About Sandri