Evans Industries Slides Under Delta Petroleum


The blending and filling operations of Harvey, La.-based Evans Industries, acquired earlier this month by diversified container maker Greif Inc., are now under the management of Delta Petroleum Co. In September, Greif purchased St. Rose, La.-headquartered lubricant compounder and packager Delta from an investment firm.

Evans Industries claimed to be the largest manufacturer, contract packager, reconditioner and transporter of steel drums in the southern United States. Greif Communications Director Deb Strohmeier said Greif finalized the Evans acquisition on Nov. 6.

Evans will be doing its normal operations under Delta’s management, Strohmeier said. The acquisition of Evans helps strengthen Greif’s ability to serve customers — steel drums as well as filling/blending — in the Gulf Coast region.

Evans packages more than 500,000 containers a year with more than 300 different products. Its chemical warehouses consist of more than 300,000 square feet, including both heated and cool room storage. It has packaging facilities located near two of North Americas largest ports — Houston, Texas and New Orleans, La.

Delta is a privately owned blender and packager of lubricants, chemicals, and glycol-based products, with annual revenue of more than $182 million. Delta made two lube-industry acquisitions in recent years, buying Chicago lube blender Olympic Oil in 2001 and Toronto lube and chemical packager Vulsay Industries in 2004.

All Delta operations were included in the September sale to Greif: Olympic Oil, Delta Rocky Mountain Petroleum, Delta Chemical Services, Delta Petroleum, Vulsay and Delta Atlantic. Delta blends, packages, distributes and warehouses more than 200 million gallons of lubricants, chemicals and glycol-based products per year and has facilities in Houston, Denver, Chicago, Bayonne, N.J., and Toronto.

Greif, headquartered in Delaware, Ohio, manufactures steel, plastic and fiber drums, corrugated cardboard and other paper packaging products, and claims to be the worlds leading provider of industrial packaging products and services. It also manages timber assets in North America and has annual revenues of $2.4 billion.

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