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Milestones Marking the Growth and Success of Champion Laboratories, Inc.
1936 - Luber-finer® begins operation from a Los Angeles garage offering oil filters for passenger cars. Early success leads to a demand for truck applications and the development of the Luber-finer® 750 bypass filter.
1955 - Kleen Pak Manufacturing Company is relocated to West Salem, IL. Howard Gaither is elected president of the company.
1956 - Pyroil purchases Kleen Pak.
1959 - Champion Laboratories patents the engine-end relief valve for spin-on oil filters, a major innovation in the industry.
1964 - Tom Mowatt joins the company and works alongside Howard Gaither.
1970 - Champion Laboratories and parent company Pyroil are acquired by STP Corporation and racing enthusiast Andy Granatelli.
1974 - Pyroil becomes a division of Champion Laboratories.
1975 - UIS, an international corporation headquartered in New York, purchases Champion Laboratories, providing strong financial backing for the company.
1977 - Race car driver Jackie Stewart is named spokesman for national advertising campaign.
1979 - Champion Laboratories acquires Luber-finer®.
1981 - Howard Gaither retires and Tom Mowatt becomes president.
1983 - Champion Laboratories acquires Lee.
1988 - Pyroil is sold to Valvoline.
1994 - York, South Carolina manufacturing facility receives ISO 9002 registration; Champion Laboratories is the first filter manufacturer in the United States to be certified.
1995 - Eurofilter, Ltd. is acquired to increase penetration into global markets.
1995 - Kleener cabin air filters are introduced, marking Champion Laboratories entry into a new, emerging aftermarket segment and reflecting the company's leadership position.
1996 - Luber-finer® creates new packaging designs and logos for all its filters, adding installation instructions communicated through universal symbols.
1996 - Champion is one of only 158 companies around the world recognized by General Motors with the prestigious QSP Supplier of the Year award.
1997 - ISO 9001/QS-9000 registered.
2000 - ISO/TS16949 Certification, West Salem Plant
2001 - Luber-finer® introduces the Imperial XL extended life oil filter
2002 - Champion Laboratories achieves ISO/TS16949 Certification, Company-wide
2002 - Champion Laboratories, manufacturer of Luber-finer® Filters, announces a $38 million investment in expansion of the Illinois and South Carolina facilities, including a 50,000 sq. ft. expansion of the Illinois facilities and new production equipment in both Illinois and South Carolina.
2003 - Champion Laboratories, along with five other United Industrial Syndicate companies are purchased by The Carlyle Group. United Components, Inc. was formed by Carlyle to manage and grow the company.
2004 - Tom Mowatt retires and John Evans becomes President. Champion launches the innovative heavy-duty Zgard 9750 By-Pass filter with a unique zinc composite filter media. Champion also successfully launches the new "Ecore Advanced Technology" spin-on filter.
2005 - Champion celebrated its 50th Anniversary.
2006 - Champion Laboratories reaches industry recognized service levels and customer satisfaction.
2016 - Luber-finer® renews its commitment to empowering fleet managers, and those who support and service them, by launching Luber-finer® University, a comprehensive interactive training and learning portal.