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Rational Energies Achieves Phase I Milestones, Resets for Phase II Expansion

Monday, April 29, 2019  
Posted by: Lauren Groves
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“We set out to validate the new Rational Energies business model in 24 months and were able to achieve it in only 19,” stated Founder and CEO Ed Driscoll. 

“Phase I was focused on retrofitting our manufacturing facility, establishing a customer base, sourcing feedstock suppliers and establishing a reputation as a quality supplier of base oils. Hard work from our team enabled us to meet our production goal and prepare Rational Energies for its next stage of growth,” Driscoll concluded.

Starting in 2017, the Company’s Plymouth, MN facility was modified from its original purpose – turning landfill plastic into crude oil – into one that converted used motor oil into high-quality industrial lubricants. During Phase I, Rational Energies produced Group 1 Base Oils, Distillate and Asphalt Extender, along with finished blended lubricants. 

“Phase II, a major upgrade, will double the size of our manufacturing capacity to eleven million gallons, and expand our product offering to include Group 2 lubricants,” said Rational Energies COO Rick Albrecht. “We’ll be suspending operations as new equipment is installed. While this will interrupt production in the short run, we’re confident our expansion will help us provide even greater value to our customers in the years ahead. We apologize to our customers and suppliers for any inconvenience this interruption in production might cause.”

Albrecht estimates 8-million-dollar Phase II expansion will be completed by January 2020, with production commencing shortly thereafter. 

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