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Heritage-Crystal Clean acquires assets of RS Used Oil Services

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By Globe Newswire

ELGIN -- Heritage-Crystal Clean, a leading provider of parts cleaning, used oil re-refining, and hazardous and non-hazardous waste services primarily focused on small and mid-sized customers, announced the signing of an asset purchase agreement by its subsidiary Heritage -- Crystal Clean, LLC to acquire certain assets of RS Used Oil Services Inc., a subsidiary of Universal Lubricants LLC.

Terms of the acquisition were not announced.

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The acquired business includes service routes covering Indiana, Ohio, Wisconsin and portions of Illinois. Based on the historical performance of the business, the Company expects the transaction will result in additional used oil collection volume of approximately 8 million gallons per year. The used oil collection volume from this transaction will serve as an important source of supply for the Company's used oil re-refinery in Indianapolis, Indiana.

"We are very pleased to be adding the RS Used Oil Services personnel, in the selected area, to our team and their assets to our organization," said Joseph Chalhoub, founder, president, and chief executive officer of Heritage-Crystal Clean. "We expect this acquisition will allow us to improve the overall efficiency of our used oil collection fleet and move us closer to our long term goal of collecting enough used oil to supply 100 percent of the feedstock required by our re-refinery.

"With this acquisition, we expect to add approximately 3,800 new customers. The new used oil collection routes should fit nicely into our existing branch infrastructure and provide us the opportunity to offer additional value, beyond used oil collection, to these customers," Chalhoub added.

Mark DeVita, Chief Financial Officer of HCCI added the acquisitoin is "our largest acquisition to date, and we expect it to integrate smoothly into our branch network. The consideration is all cash, paid out of our available cash on hand."

Universal Lubricants and RS Used Oil Services will continue to operate its used oil collection business in all areas in the Midwestern and Southern United States not covered by this asset purchase agreement, including portions of Illinois served from their facility in Roxana, Illinois (St. Louis area). Universal Lubricants also will continue to sell finished lubricants and related products to customers throughout the United States.

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