Shell announces $16M upgrade to Brockville motor oil plant

Shell Canada is investing $16 million to expand its Brockville motor oil plant in 2019.

Plant manager Kelly McKinnon said the company would use the money to install the new equipment to increase production and efficiency.

“With the volume growth, we hope to add additional shifts to handle the production. It’s healthy for us and the community,” McKinnon told Leeds & Grenville officials.

The plant is the largest blender and packager of retail passenger-car motor oils in Canada and the newest facility of its type in North America, she said.

McKinnon said the investment would focus on “sustainability, digitization and technology” to improve production.

The major investment will upgrade to the process control system, McKinnon said. Shell will also replace its one-litre line with a new conveyor system. Installation of a new battery will allow the facility to operate off-the-grid during peak usage times to reduce electricity costs, she said. A new hot oil heater will be more energy efficient to also save energy costs.

The Shell facility supplies such major automotive companies as Chrysler, Ford and GM. It produces motor oils, hydraulic and industrial oils, piston engine oil for aircraft, heavy-duty engine oils and produces Pennzoil, Quaker State and Shell brand products.

The Brockville site has been named the Best Performing Plant by Shell the past years, MacKinnon said.


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