Celebrating 75 Years

Kimberly Bott, NLGI

NLGI recently celebrated 75 years of providing information pertinent to the manufacture and use of lubricating grease. The 75th annual meeting was held in Williamsburg, Va., in June, and was attended by more than 400 manufacturers, suppliers, technicians and end-users from more than 15 countries.

The opening-session keynote speaker, Brian O’Malley, gave an outstanding presentation on the human spirit by illustrating the importance of living life to its fullest. O’Malley gained his experiences by climbing Mount Everest, and serving the community as a paramedic, firefighter and police officer.

Annual Meeting

Panel discussions were held on two topics:

  • molybdenum disulfide in current and future original equipment manufacturer performance specifications

  • REACH update from a U.S. perspective, including a panel of representatives from ExxonMobil, Afton Chemical and Jeff Leiter, Esquire.

More than 20 technical presentations covered a range of topics, including grease sampling and analysis of motors; motor-operated valves; development of a rust-inhibiting, high load-carrying, multipurpose grease; a study of antioxidant for grease; and others. For a full listing of these technical presentations and to obtain a copy, visit the NLGI Web site, www.nlgi.org.

Brian O’Malley, Keynote Speaker

Technical Presentation



Loews Ventana Canyon Resort

NLGI annually offers three distinct education courses: Basic Grease, Advanced Grease and Application/ Maintenance of Grease. More than 60 individuals attended the courses in 2008. We encourage you to take advantage of the expertise of the instructors in these courses.

And the Winners Are…
Each year, NLGI honors those who have made exceptional contributions to NLGI or to the industry as a whole. This year, awards were presented to the following:

  • Award for Achievement: John P. Doner, ExxonMobil Research and Engineering

  • Meritorious Service Award: Steven G. Donnelly, R.T. Vanderbilt Company Inc.

  • Fellow Award: Raj Shah, Koehler Instrument Company

  • Author Award: Martin Schmidt-Amelunxen, Klüber Lubrication, J. Muhlemeier, Klüber Lubrication, and Martin Gosewinkel, Wilhem-Jobst Institute

  • Clarence E. Earle Award: Matthew Sivik and Stephen Nolan, Lubrizol Corporation

  • Chevron Global Award: Glen Brunette, CITGO Petroleum Corporation

  • Shell Award for Excellence: Jaime Spagnoli, ExxonMobil Research and Engineering

The meeting concluded with several attendees sitting for the Certified Lubricating Grease Specialist (CLGS) examination, and a rousing closing reception and dinner with a Rod Stewart tribute band.

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity for networking, education and information gathering. Join us next year, June 13-16, 2009 at the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson, Ariz.

NLGI is growing and expanding in providing valuable information, education and certification programs to the lubricating grease industry. Won’t you join us?

About NLGI:The National Lubricating Grease Institute promotes the technical advancement of grease lubrication, and contributes materially to greater production, increased machine life and a higher quality of machine performance through better lubrication. Find out more about this organization at www.nlgi.org.

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