Lubricant company to boost production, hire 25

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Lebanon-based D-A Lubricant Inc. on Tuesday announced plans to expand local operations as it relocates production of a Pennsylvania company it acquired last year.

D-A said it will invest $3.9 million to equip its 250,000 square-foot headquarters to accommodate Brad Penn Lubricants, creating up to 25 jobs by 2018.

Bradford, Pennsylvania-based Brad Penn was acquired from American Refining Group in December.
D-A said it will begin producing most of Brad Penn's high-performance oils in Indiana in April, helping the company gain a greater presence in the motorsports industry. Production of the company's Penn Grade 1 product will remain in Bradford.

D-A, which has about 130 full-time workers, including 109 in Indiana, has begun hiring for office, administrative, manufacturing and warehouse positions, it said.

The Indiana Economic Development Corp. offered D-A up to $100,000 in conditional tax credits and up to $100,000 in training grants based on the company's job-creation plans.

The city of Lebanon approved additional incentives at the request of the Boone County Economic Development Corp.

Founded in 1919, D-A moved from Indianapolis to Lebanon in 2011 into a $13.5 million facility built by Duke Realty Corp. on 23 acres.

The company supplies lubricants to the heavy-duty, automotive, industrial and original equipment manufacturer markets.


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