Warren Distribution, Inc., is a manufacturer and wholesale distributor of automotive aftermarket products. The products sold by the company fall into three categories: lubricants and chemicals, accessories, and repair parts. We distribute all the categories including our manufactured lubricants and chemicals. Warren's customers for the private label lubricants and fluids include major oil companies, farm store chains, mass merchandisers, and convenience store chains. Customers for house brand lubricants and related products and for its distributed merchandise consists largely of smaller distributors, jobber stores, independent auto part retailers, grocery and drug chains, candy & tobacco distributors, and some oil distributors.
Warren Distribution is a Nebraska Corporation with its corporate offices in Omaha and manufacturing and distribution operations in Council Bluffs, Iowa, employing approximately 463 people.
Our Council Bluffs manufacturing facility includes more than 180,000 square feet on 7 acres along the Missouri River, just north of Interstate 80. At the plant, Warren blends lubricating oils and chemicals for automotive applications and makes plastic bottles. Packaging operations include plastic bottles (from 8 fluid ounces to 2.5 gallon), 5 gallon pails, drums, totes, and bulk transport loading. Much of the product made at the plant is packaged for private label marketers but a significant portion is packaged under Warren's house brands including MAG 1 and Polar.
The company's distribution center is located just east of the manufacturing facility on a 15 acre site and includes more than 150,000 square feet. Much of the product manufactured by Warren flows through the distribution center as do parts and accessories made by other nationally recognized companies.
Warren Distribution, Inc. was founded in 1922 as Warren Oil Company by James Schlott, the grandfather of Robert N. Schlott, the current Chairman / CEO. The business began by supplying lubricating oils and related products to the agricultural business in the surrounding area. Such business remains the principle focus of the firm today. In 1971, Terminal Packaging Corporation was founded in Council Bluffs, Iowa, as the manufacturer of plastic bottles and a packager of automotive coolants. This operation was later expanded to include lube oil blending and packaging. Terminal Packaging Corporation became a subsidiary of Warren Distribution in 1990 and in 1994 was merged into Warren. The manufacturing operation is known as Warren Performance Packaging today, an operating division of Warren Distribution.
In 1990, the combined sales of the entire company included approximately 70% distributed products and 30% of the company's own manufactured product. Today, more than half of the sales revenue of the combined company is from its own manufactured products. This shift is deliberate and indicates the strategic direction of the company.