Idemitsu Expands in the U.S.


Idemitsu Expands in the U.S.
Idemitsu Lubricants America Corporation signed a lease with real estate developer America Place to increase current operations by 118,000 square feet at a regional office park in southern India, near the company's lubricant blending plant in Jeffersonville. Photo courtesy of America Place

Idemitsu Lubricants America Corp. is adding a building to the warehouse space it leases in southern Indiana near its United States blending plant, part of a plan to increase its direct lubricant sales in the country.

The company signed a lease to move into a new 118,000 industrial warehouse, which will be in addition to 50,000 square feet of industrial warehouse space it has leased since 2021 in the River Ridge Commerce Center, a 6,000-acre regional office park in Jeffersonville, Indiana.

“This 168,000 square foot facility will afford us the capacity and flexibility to better service our customers and to continue the growth of our business,” Tim Nice, Idemitsu’s distribution and transportation manager said of the newly leased additional space in a press release issued this month by commercial real estate company America Place.

“We will utilize the America’s Place facility as our main distribution hub and fulfillment center for our direct distribution of lubricants across the U.S. The facility is a perfect fit for Idemitsu Lubricants America Corporation due to its proximity to our blending plant as well as the interstate accessibility.”

The new warehouse includes speed bays, LED lighting and dock access required for growth, according to America Place, and it offers multiple ingress and egress options for trucks and Idemitsu’s workforce. The new space also has higher ceilings, creating more space for storage.

A subsidiary of Japan’s Idemitsu Kosan Co. Ltd., Idemitsu Lubricants America Corp. in 2021 announced plans to establish a lubricant distribution hub in Jeffersonville, saying it chose the site because of its proximity to the company’s manufacturing plant and access to four local interstate highways.

The company blends engine oils and transmission oils at its Jefffersonville plant, along with a number of industrial lubricants, including greases, hydraulic oils, cutting oils and coolants.

The subsidiary is 100% owned by Tokyo-based Idemitsu Kosan and was established in 1991 as Apollo America Corp. before switching to the new name in 2006.