Refinery History


     Our unique facility is situated on approximately 131 acres in Bradford, Pennsylvania, the heart of McKean County and the birthplace of the U.S. domestic oil industry more than 100 years ago. Our refinery has a rated capacity of 11,000 barrels per day and processes light sweet paraffinic crude. This type of crude is available domestically, and ARG purchases the majority of its crude from sources in Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York and West Virginia.

     ARG stocks are converted into high-quality waxes, lubricant base oils, gasoline and fuels, as well as a wide variety of specialty products. American Refining Group’s state-of-the-art blending and packaging facilities are capable of producing a full spectrum of finished lubricant products. These products are available in a broad range of package sizes, including bulk, and can be delivered either by rail or truck. Our total commitment to quality is proven through our packaging plant and refinery being both ISO 9001:2008 and Made in USA certified.


Refinery Origin

  • The refinery was founded at its present location in 1881. The refinery's original crude-oil capacity was 10 barrels per day; it required five employees for its operation.

  • By March 1966, the capacity had grown to 4,800 barrels per day.

Crude Oil Supply

  • The crude oil ARG purchases is light sweet paraffinic with the majority sourced in Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York and West Virginia.

Refining Capacity by Year

  • 1881 - 10 barrels per day

  • 1906 - 140 barrels per day

  • 1931 - 2,250 barrels per day

  • 1955 - 3,800 barrels per day

  • 1966 - 4,500 barrels per day

  • 1971 - 5,500 barrels per day

  • 1975 - 7,200 barrels per day

  • 1986 - 10,000 barrels per day 

  • 2013 - 11,000 barrels per day

Refinery Innovations

  • 1925 - First Pennsylvania refiner to dewax all grades of motor oil below 0°F.

  • 1928 - First Pennsylvania refiner to offer highly refined motor oils good for 2,000 miles.

  • 1933 - First to introduce the quart can nationally for motor oils.

  • 1937 - First Pennsylvania refiner to use propane dewaxing.

  • 1938 - First Pennsylvania refiner to install full-scale engine-testing facilities for use
                  in research
    and development of high-quality automotive lubricants.

  • 1940 - First Pennsylvania refiner to use phenol extraction.

  • 1943 - First Pennsylvania refiner to produce heavy-duty motor oils.

  • 1951 - First Pennsylvania refiner and second refinery in the world to install a
                  platformer for
    gasoline reforming.

  • 1953 - First refiner to market an SAE 10W-30 motor oil.

  • 1956 - Pioneered the use of close-cut petroleum distillates as rolling oils for aluminum
                  sheet and
    foil manufacturing.

  • 1958 - First to develop and market sheer-stable high-viscosity-index hydraulic fluids.

  • 1960 - First to introduce motorcycle racing oil.

  • 1961 - First to introduce sports car racing oil. Pioneered the marketing of specially
    lubricants in the rapidly growing auto racing industry.

  • 1961 - First petroleum refiner to introduce all-petroleum-base automotive underbody coatings.

  • 1967 - First Pennsylvania refiner to offer a lubricants-analysis program for
                 commercial fleets and 
    off-the-road contractors.

  • 1994 - First refinery in the United States to achieve the ISO 9002 Certification

  • 2013 - First refinery to become Made in the USA Certified