We provide differentiated, value-added products and services to our customers that exceed quality and performance expectations.

Throughout its history, Warren Distribution has recognized the integral part its associates play in in its growth, prosperity and success. To recognize each and every associate’s contributions to the Company’s success, the company has been offering a bonus program since the 1970s. In addition, from the date Warren Distribution rolled out its 401k program in the 1980s, it has provided a company match – not too many companies can say that. Just recently, Warren Distribution implemented a performance management program as a means for ensuring the fairness of salaries paid to associates and providing a timely and equitable assessment of each associates’ performance and contribution.

“To recognize each and every associate’s contributions to the Company’s success, the company has been offering a bonus program since the 1970s.”

Additionally, from the date the company began in 1922 until today, the company has always had an open door policy to ensure that its associates are respected as individuals and are treated fairly. It is precisely this approach in creating a workplace in which Warren’s associates have never felt the need to bring in an outsider to speak for them, even though they have always had a right to. Warren is proud that it has been throughout its entire history a union free workplace.  

Warren continues to grow and thrive due to the hard work and dedication of our associates. The future is limitless when you have the Warren Distribution team of associates behind you.

History

Founded in 1922 by James Schlott

Warren Distribution is a privately held family-owned business founded in 1922 by James Schlott. The company started as a distribution business supplying lubricating oils and related products to agricultural businesses in Omaha and surrounding area.

In 1935, Warren Distribution expanded into manufacturing and began making and packaging antifreeze. Warren’s “Polar” house brand was introduced on packaged antifreeze in 1949.

“The company started as a distribution business supplying lubricating oils and related products to agricultural businesses”

After a fire destroyed its plant operations located at 811 Howard Street in downtown Omaha, Warren moved its operations to 727 S. 13th Street, Omaha. From the 1960s until December 1985, Warren blended and packaged product out of its 13th Street location. This location continued to serve as the company’s headquarters until June 2017 when it moved its corporate headquarters into the Rail and Commerce Building on 10th and Mason.

Bob Schlott, CEO

Bob Schlott, grandson of James Schlott and the company’s current CEO, joined the company in 1971. At about the same time, Bob Schlott purchased some property along River Road in Council Bluffs, Iowa and began an antifreeze packaging business (Terminal Packaging) which eventually merged with Warren Distribution.

“Warren Distribution installed its first blow molding machine at its Council Bluffs location in 1976”

In 1975, the company added to its “Polar” line and introduced its “Polar” brand of windshield washer fluid.

Warren Distribution installed its first blow molding machine at its Council Bluffs location in 1976 allowing the company to manufacture its own bottles for packaging antifreeze under its Polar brand.  

As Warren’s business grew, space was needed to house raw materials and finished goods, so, in the early 1980’s, Warren Distribution built a 45,000 square foot warehouse adjacent to its Council Bluffs manufacturing facility. Soon thereafter, the company built a distribution center across the road which today sits on a 15-acre site and spans over 165,000 square feet.

Open Communication is Key.

Over the years, Warren Distribution added to its line of house brand products by introducing its Mag1 brand in the late 1980s and its Accel brand in the early 1990s. Today, a wide variety of lubricants and functional fluids are packaged under these two house brands providing our customers over hundreds of manufactured products to choose from.

“…the company has always had an open door policy to ensure that its associates are respected as individuals and are treated fairly.”

Keeping a keen eye on the industry and best manufacturing practices, Warren obtained ISO9001 certification in the late 1990s adding credibility to Warren’s already robust quality program. Around the same time, Warren implemented a lean manufacturing program focused on improving performance, creating more value for its customers, and reducing costs.    

Fokker factory in Glen Dale, WV

In 2002, recognizing a need for a manufacturing operation for the production of automotive lubricants in the southeast, Warren acquired an old mothballed 40,000 square foot Amoco manufacturing facility in Guntersville, Alabama. Warren rehabbed the facility, and, in 2013, added blow molding capability. Today, Warren’s Guntersville operation spans approximately 55,000 square feet.

“Warren Distribution further added to its manufacturing and distribution capabilities by acquiring a former Fokker airplane factory located in Glen Dale, West Virginia…”

Warren Distribution further added to its manufacturing and distribution capabilities by acquiring a former Fokker airplane factory located in Glen Dale, West Virginia which in its history was once owned by the Mattel toy company and manufactured the Big Wheel tricycle. After a year of rehabbing the large factory, the company began blow molding and packaging operations in 2008.

As Warren’s business continued to grow, Warren purchased an additional 110,000 square foot warehouse located on an adjacent property. Warren’s West Virginia operations also performs contract packaging services for a major oil company in addition to blending and packaging private-label and house-branded products.

Warren Distribution is a strong healthy organization that is growing in plant size and workforce.

Warren’s business activities in Alabama have continued to expand over the company’s history. In 2012 Warren acquired a 14-acre parcel of land in Albertville, Alabama with about 120,000 square feet of usable warehouse space.

We continuously strive to improve by focusing on strengthening communications and creating a collaborative team environment

As our business continues to grow, so does Warren’s footprint. In 2016, Warren acquired a 100,000 square foot building sitting on nearly 10 acres in Houston, Texas. The Houston facility will serve as a state-of-the-art bulk blending operation. Additionally, Warren’s continuing business success drove the company’s need to acquire yet additional space for its West Virginia operations.  So, in 2017, Warren acquired a 200,000 square foot building sitting on nearly 46 acres in Shadyside, Ohio to serve as a warehouse for both finished product and raw materials.

We continuously strive to improve by focusing on strengthening communications and creating a collaborative team environment so every associate has the opportunity to contribute to the success of the business. This insures his/her own job security, advancement and prosperity in the process all in effort in helping Warren achieve its goal, to be the most successful independent lubricant manufacturer in the U.S.

Locations

COUNCIL BLUFFS, IOWA

Our Council Bluffs manufacturing facility includes more than 255,000 square feet on 7 acres along the Missouri River, just north of Interstate 80. At this facility, Warren blends lubricating oils and chemicals for automotive applications and makes plastic bottles. Our Council Bluffs operation includes the manufacturing of plastic bottles (from 8 fluid ounces to 2.5 gallon) and the filling of such with lubricants and chemicals, as well as packaging in 5-gallon pails, drums, totes, and bulk transport loading. Much of the product made at this facility 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 facility is located just east of the manufacturing facility
in Council Bluffs, Iowa on a 15-acre site and includes more than 165,000 square feet. Much of the product manufactured by Warren flows through the distribution facility as do parts and accessories made by other nationally recognized companies.
Manufacturing and distribution facility In Council Bluffs, Iowa.

GUNTERSVILLE, ALABAMA

Our Guntersville, Alabama manufacturing & distribution facility started production in 2002 and is dedicated to the production of private label brands, housed in a 60,000 square foot building. In 2013, bottle manufacturing was added at this facility.

Manufacturing facility in Guntersville Alabama

Also in 2013 a 197,000 total square foot distribution facility in Albertville, Alabama was purchased.  

Distribution facility in Albertville, Alabama

GLEN DALE, WEST VIRGINIA

Our Glen Dale, West Virginia manufacturing & distribution facility began production in 2006 and has capabilities very similar to those at our Council Bluffs, Iowa Manufacturing facility, with bottle production as well as blending and packaging of both private label and house branded lubricants, all housed in a 244,000 square foot facility on the Ohio River.
Glen Dale, West Virginia also has a 108,000 square foot facility located just south of the manufacturing facility that primarily ships out finished goods.
Manufacturing and Distribution facility in Glen Dale, West Virginia

SHADYSIDE, OHIO

In 2017, to support our WV operations, we opened up a distributions facility in Shadyside, OH. This facility is located in a 200,000 square foot building sitting in nearly 46 acres.

Houston, Texas