Background-3.jpg

Mission & History

Introduction and History of Renewable Lubricants™ Technology

Windmill.JPGGrowing environmental awareness, our vulnerability to unexpected supply of foreign petroleum, concerns of economic security, and more stringent regulations regarding petroleum product use have spurred renewed interest in vegetable oil lubricants. Vegetable oils are obtained from renewable resources and are biodegradable. Thus, they offer specific environmental and economic sustainability benefits over mineral oil-based lubricants. In addition to these benefits, vegetable oils also have certain performance advantages over conventional mineral oil base stocks. These include low volatility, high flash points, super high viscosity index, and excellent lubricity.

Since 1991, Renewable Lubricants™, Inc. (RLI™) has pioneered an extensive research and development program of vegetable oil-based (biobased) lubricants. The program’s overwhelming success is due in part to project collaborations with the Department of Defense, Department of Interior, Department of Energy, Department of Agriculture, Concurrent Technology Corporation, United Soybean Board, Dow AgroSciences, Lubrizol, Ohio Soybean Council, National and Ohio Corn Growers Associations, Penn State University, University of Lincoln Nebraska, and Chevron Phillips Chemical. Renewable Lubricants, Inc. has been under government grants, contracts, and/or working agreements with most of these organizations and companies.

Renewable Lubricants™ is the world’s leading developer and manufacturer of high performance biobased lubricants. Our patented technology and extensive field successes in over 250 products are what place us without peers in the biobased lubricant market. Renewable Lubricants has developed lubricants that perform in 3500 horsepower high performance, high temperature racing engines to the most severe hydraulic requirements including extreme cold temperatures of Lake Superior’s Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Mark Thomas has won 7 World Titles within the 15 years that Renewable Lubricants has formulated his racing oils. This has never before been accomplished. His record is unsurpassed in the Alcohol Funny Car class. Parker Hannifin, through their OEM Engineering, PWS Motion Control (www.pwsdirect.com), asked Renewable Lubricants to design a special 8000-psi bio-hydraulic fluid for the BMW Oracle Americas Cup Racing Ships (See-www.bmworacleracing.com). Renewable Lubricants’™ Bio-Hydraulic fluid was installed at the beginning of 2006 and the team in Valencia Spain could not believe the improved performance of the hydraulic steering systems. Parker PWS approved Renewable Lubricants’ Bio-Hydraulic Fluids for the Port of Los Angeles gangways, flood gates for the Tehachapi Reservoir Project in California and many other projects. Additional OEM approvals include Northrop Grumman, Altec Industries equipment, and Genie Terex lifts. Parker Hannifin’s Denison Pump and Vickers Pump tests are listed on Renewable Lubricants’ data sheets.

Renewable Lubricants™ has worldwide patents and proprietary additives that have shown exceptional performance in biobased formulas. This technology provides a low cost method for improving cold temperature performance and stabilizing oxidation of vegetable oil based lubricants for high and low temperature engine, transmission, hydraulic, gear, and many industrial fluid applications. Internal and outside test data show that other commercially available compounds have not duplicated this level of performance. Renewable Lubricants is providing these biobased products for many government and commercial markets. Government agencies purchasing include the USDA, DOI, DOE, US Navy, US Coast Guard, and US Air Force to name a few. The NOAA weather ships in the Great Lakes, Charleston, SC, Norfolk, VA, and Monterey Bay, CA are all using Renewable Lubricants’ products throughout the ships (Motor Oils, Hydraulic Fluids, Gear Oils, Grease, Penetrants, Fuel Conditioners, and Cable Lubricants). This is a unique opportunity to comply with the New Farm Security and Investment Act of 2002 (H.R.2646), Executive Orders, and achieve major objectives for the environment, agriculture, and national security. The new law, in Title 9 of the Farm Bill “The BioPreferredSM”, includes a biobased products preference program, which obliges all government agencies to purchase biobased products “to the maximum extent practicable”.

Renewable Lubricants’™ Biobased products are freely sold in the United States and Internationally through Grainger and other major international companies. In formulating, manufacturing, and marketing these products, Renewable Lubricants™ is subject to the statutes and regulations of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Department of Defense (DOD), and other government agencies. Renewable Lubricants™ has been contracted by and worked with the USDA and DOD since 1993 (grants under audit). Renewable Lubricants’™ Biobased Product Technology endures grueling and demanding Military and Industrial Specification Test Protocols to determine their performance, reliability, lifecycle cost, and safety. Concurrent Technologies Corporation (CTC) is an independent prime government contractor for this technology exploration and validation. Renewable Lubricants™ has been working with CTC and the DOD/TACOM, designing extreme cold temperature and fire resistant hydraulic fluid to meet improved MIL specifications for tactical equipment (see CTC letter). Other independent government contractors who have evaluated Renewable Lubricants’ products include Northrop Grumman, SouthWest Research Institute (SWRI) and National Institute for Standard Technology (NIST).

Our Mission

We believe that our company is a way whereby we channel our time, talent, and energy in pursuit of the fundamental goal of serving God by serving others, providing extraordinary service to our customers, creating products that will protect the environment, using our valuable natural resources in a wise and conservative way, and contributing a portion of profits to local and foreign missions and charitable causes that support family values. The use of our county's renewable materials provides economic benefits, keeps our people working here at home, and reduces our dependence on foreign oil from unfriendly countries.


Here are some examples of how we can help and make our world better:

Broken_Ministry.jpg

We are strong supporters of the Broken Chains Ministry. Broken Chains engages former offenders for the purpose of reintegration back into the community, thereby lowering recidivism rates in our region and multiplying public safety. They are personally involved in helping to overcome the barriers of employment through its Workforce Development Program, and other barriers by its collaborations through the Summit County Reentry Network, a network of over 80 area organizations. This ministry helps men and women successfully transition from incarceration to community. By this, the entire community benefits as a result. More information can be found at brokenchainsministry.org

Every gift given to Broken Chains Ministry from November 1 through November 22, 2017 will be matched dollar for dollar up to $100!!!

Donations up to $100 will be MATCHED by Wayside Furniture! Proceeds will benefit Lydia's Home, our faith response to the opioid crisis, and our reentry ministry in Summit County! 

Nov. 1 - 20 - By MAIL
Nov. 24-26 - In Person at Wayside Furniture


 Nhu.png

We are also supporters of local and foreign projects like Remember Nhu. Remember Nhu removes at-risk children from dangerous conditions and places them into safe environments where they are physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually nurtured.




We also support Created Outdoors.  Their goal is to bring people back to the true outdoor experience: God and his magnificent Creation! Whether it’s hearing those Spring gobblers waking up on the roost or the sound of a whitetail walking through the woods on a crisp morning, every moment in the woods with friends and family is a true gift from God.