While studying possible healing powers of crude oil, the American physician Dr Ellis was disappointed to find no real medicinal value, but was intrigued by its potential lubricating properties. The oil he developed in 1866 worked effectively in high temperatures and was especially suitable to lubricate the large steam engines of that time.
He abandoned the practice of medicine and founded the Continuous Oil Refining Company, which later became known as Valvoline. Today, Valvoline is a world leading independent lubricant specialist with 150 years of experience under the belt.
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