Our History

A Brief History…

Calumet Specialty Products Partners, L.P. is a leading independent refiner of high quality specialty hydrocarbon products and fuel products in North America. The company operates 11 facilities in seven states with an aggregate production capacity of nearly 160,000 barrels per day. Calumet’s lubricating oils, solvents, waxes, high-purity white oils, asphalts, and fuels are used to develop some of the world’s best and most trusted brands. With origins that date back to 1916, Calumet has experienced a rich history and proudly delivered the highest quality products and services for nearly a century.
  • 1919Calumet's Beginning

    Calumet Refining Company officially formed.

  • 1953Louisiana Refinery

    Princeton, LA refinery constructed.

  • 1956Burnham

    Burnham becomes strategic terminal for distribution.

  • 1990Move to Indianapolis.

    Calumet’s corporate headquarters moved to Indianapolis.


    F.W. Grube named CEO.

  • 1995Pennzoil Refineries

    Calumet purchases Kerr-McGee Corp. refinery in Cotton Valley, LA

  • 2000Pennzoil Refineries

    Calumet purchased the Pennzoil Rouseville, PA. Also gave Calumet half ownership in Barerco Wax.

  • 2001Shreveport

    Calumet purchased the Pennzoil refinery in Shreveport, Louisiana. Calumet Shreveport Refining is responsible for the production of specialty lubricating oils and waxes, as well as gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel.

  • 2006NASDAQ

    Calumet Specialty Products Partners, L.P. was offered $141 million of common unit through its Initial Public Offering, and listed on The NASDAQ Stock Market under the ticker symbol CLMT.

  • 2008Penreco

    Calumet acquired Penreco and all associated assets from ConocoPhillips and M.E. Zuckerman & Co. This included two production facilities; one in Karns City, Pennsylvania and one in Dickinson, Texas. Calumet Penreco, LLC is responsible for the production of USP white oils, USP petrolatums, solvents, gelled hydrocarbons, cable fillers, and natural petroleum sulfonates.

  • 2011Purchased the Superior Refinery

    Calumet purchased the Superior, Wisconsin refinery from the Murphy Oil Corporation. Calumet Superior Refining develops gasoline, diesel, asphalt, and other heavy fuel oils.

  • 2012Acquisition of Royal Purple

    Calumet purchased Montana Refining Company, Inc., located in Great Falls, Montana from Connacher Oil and Gas Limited. Calumet Montana Refining produces gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel as well as asphalt products.


    Acquisition of Royal Purple, LLC. Royal Purple is a leading producer of high quality lubricating oils and specialty products with various industrial and commercial uses.


    Calumet acquired TruSouth Oil, LLC, a specialty petroleum packaging and distribution facility located in Shreveport, Louisiana. The company was re-named Calumet Packaging.


    Purchased Louisiana Missouri polyol Esters business from Ashland

  • 2013Bel-Ray Company

    We purchased the San Antonio refinery and all associated assets from NuStar Energy, L.P.. Calumet San Antonio Refining produces jet fuel, diesel, other fuel products, as well as various solvents.


    In a joint venture with MDU Resources, Inc., Calumet broke ground on Dakota Prairie Refining, LLC in Dickinson, North Dakota. This is the first greenfield oil refinery built in the United States since 1976.


    Calumet Louisiana Synthetics broke ground on a capital improvement project that will add 25,000 ft2 to the facility and increase production capacity.


    Calumet acquires Bel-Ray Company, Inc. in Farmingdale, NJ.

  • 2014Fortune 500

    Calumet acquired Anchor Drilling Fluids USA, Inc. located in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Anchor is the leading provider of drilling fluid products in the United States, with a wide range of products including drilling muds, completion fluids and production chemicals designed to maximize well economics.


    Calumet was included on the Fortune® 500 List for the first time. Calumet acquires Specialty Oil Field Solutions located in Houston, TX. Specialty Oilfield Solutions is a full service drilling fluids company that provides a comprehensive offering of drilling and workover fluids for the US market space.

  • 201525 years in Indy

    Bill Hatch named Interim CEO Bill Grube promoted to Executive Vice Chairman. Calumet celebrates 25 years at Indianapolis-based corporation.

  • 2016Tim Go named CEO

    Tim Go named CEO.


    Calumet sells its interest in Dakota Prairie Refining, LLC (Dickinson, ND)

  • 2017 Sells Superior

    Calumet Sells Superior, WI refinery


    Calumet Sells Anchor Drilling Fluids USA, LLC

  • 2018 Biosynthetic Technologies

    Calumet acquires Biosynthetic Technologies, LLC in a partnership with The Heritage Group