HollyFrontier expands with purchase of Iowa-based oil company

With oil refineries in Tulsa, Oklahoma and El Dorado, Kansas, Dallas-based HollyFrontier Corporation is expanding with the purchase of Red Giant Oil Company in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Red Giant is a private family-owned lubricants company founded in 1903 and is one of the largest suppliers of locomotive engine oil in North America. It also has storage facilities in Idaho, Utah and Wyoming.

HollyFrontier estimates the purchase will generate $7.5 million in annual revenue before taxes.

George Damiris, President and CEO of HollyFrontier, commented, “We are pleased to announce the acquisition of Red Giant Oil, with its outstanding history and brand in the railroad lubricant industry. This transaction demonstrates the continued growth of our lubricant business and brings outstanding value to HollyFrontier.”

Closing of the purchase is expected in the third quarter of 2018. No purchase price was disclosed.

HollyFrontier Corporation, headquartered in Dallas, Texas, is an independent petroleum refiner and marketer that produces high value light products such as gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel and other specialty products. HollyFrontier operates through its subsidiaries a 135,000 barrels per stream day (“bpsd”) refinery located in El Dorado, Kansas, a 125,000 bpsd refinery in Tulsa, Oklahoma, a 100,000 bpsd refinery located in Artesia, New Mexico, a 52,000 bpsd refinery located in Cheyenne, Wyoming and a 45,000 bpsd refinery in Woods Cross, Utah. HollyFrontier markets its refined products principally in the Southwest U.S., the Rocky Mountains extending into the Pacific Northwest and in other neighboring Plains states. In addition, HollyFrontier, through its subsidiary, owns Petro-Canada Lubricants Inc., whose Mississauga, Ontario facility produces 15,600 barrels per day of base oils and other specialized lubricant products, and owns a 57% interest and a non-economic general partner interest in Holly Energy Partners, L.P.


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