|James L. Hambrick (CEO)|
|Products||Lubricant additives; Specialty chemicals|
|Revenue||Approximately $7 billion (2014)|
Number of employees
|Divisions||Lubrizol Additives, Lubrizol Advanced Materials, Lubrizol Oilfield Solutions|
The Lubrizol Corporation is a provider of specialty chemicals for the transportation, industrial, and consumer markets. These products include additives for engine oils and other transportation-related fluids, additives for industrial lubricants, and additives for gasoline and diesel fuel. In addition, Lubrizol makes ingredients and additives for personal care products and pharmaceuticals, specialty materials, including plastics technology, and coatings in the form of specialty resins and additives. In 2007, the company was listed as 512 on the Fortune 1000. It has since moved up to 453 on the 2010 list.
On the basis of 2010 profitability metrics, total shareholder return (TSR) and earnings per share growth, Lubrizol was the top performing company among the 16 chemical companies that are on the Fortune 500.
On March 14, 2011, Berkshire Hathaway announced an agreement to purchase Lubrizol for US$9.7 billion. This happened just weeks after a top Berkshire executive, David Sokol, made a major bet on the stock price with his own money.
On November 17, 2015, Lubrizol's Leetsdale, Pennsylvania facility was destroyed by explosion and fire. Workers at the Lubrizol Corporation's Oilfield Chemistry site were pouring hydraulic fracturing chemicals into a production tank when the fire started. The subsequent plume of ammonium persulfate and sodium chlorite forced the lockdown of several nearby high schools. Eight people were injured in the fire. In May 2010, while under ownership of Weatherford International, the same facility had experienced an accidental release of ammonium persulfate which resulted in the evacuation of 500 workers from the surrounding industrial park.
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