Nippon Oil Corp. broke ground yesterday on its first lubricant blending plant in the United States, a facility scheduled to open next August in Childersburg, Ala. The Japanese company said it is building the plant primarily to supply in-state factories operated by Asian automakers.
Nippon Oil already has a sales office in Chicago and has been selling lubes to Japanese car companies in the United States since 1980. Those products have been toll-blended by third-party suppliers.
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