Doing a little reaserch today for industrial sized water/gycol filters, and one of the sites I hit was Luber-finer. One of the oldest oil filter manufactures in the country, if not the world. And what do I see in the far upper right corner of the page, where you enter site searchs? FRAM. WTF?? Then it hits me, Luber-finer was owned by Champion Labs, who make Mobil 1 filters, K&N, Royal Purple, AC Delco, Mopar, etc filters. By far the largest contracted filter manufacture in the country, if not the world.
AND SURE ENOUGH, FRAM DIVISION OF ALLIED SIGNAL NOW OWNS CHAMPION LABS, PARENT OF LUBER-FINER.
Great, now the company responsible for arguably the worst filter on the market has its hands on the company responsible for making some of the best filters available.
Hopefully they will allow Champion to continue manufacturing a quality filter under contracts. Champion makes a pretty dismal filter for the oil changing stations and as well as retail. They are sold retail as Delco, STP, Supertech, and the later Bosch filters. They are pretty easy to spot when you look at one. Hopefully Fram understands the need to continue making quality filters over pure crap. I had noticed that the lower line Ecore filters were looking more and more like a Fram with paper end caps and a plastic core tube.
Wonder if they will start making Fram Racing filters at Champion? Doubt it.
So that clumps the Baldwin and its contracts, Hastings and Purolator under the Clarcor Corp
and Champion Luber-finer and their contracted filters along with Fram under Allied Signal
Going to be keeping an eye on the K&Ns when I cut them open!!!!!
LINK: Champion Labs
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