Houston Blender Adds Capacity


Vexapak LLC began operating a new 57,000 square foot blending facility in Houston this week.

The new facility enables Vexapak to triple its storage and production capacity compared to its old building, the company said in a news release, creating a blending hub for both its domestic and export customers.

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The old facility was small, and there was no more space really to build more capacity, so we needed to go to a bigger place, Vexapak President Antonio D. Gonzalez C. told Lube Report.

In addition to the new building, the company added an 80,000-gallon base oil storage tank farm, 14 4,000-gallon blending tanks and two 55-gallon drum filing lines, creating new packaging capacity of 400 drums per day.

The company is bringing in an additional 10 to 20 employees in the facilitys production line to operate new machinery and equipment, he said. Vexapak also plans to add two laboratory analysts.

Privately-owned Vexapak manufactures lubricants and greases, provides contract packaging and private label services, re-packages major branded products and is a wholesaler of lubricants and greases. The company said it has manufactured and shipped more than 51 million pounds of greases and exported fluid lubricants to more than 20 countries globally.

We have seen in some places increased demand and in other places stagnant or the same level of demand, Gonzalez said. Now with this new facility, we can go after bigger and broader markets that we were not able to go out to before.

He said the company has seen increased demand for its products in construction nationwide but especially in its home state of Texas. Weve seen also demand growth in Mexico and in South America, Gonzalez added.