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Savant Labs Celebrate 50 Years Serving the Lubrication Industry

As a family owned and operated business, Savant Labs are not just celebrating 50 years in business, but a lifetime of lubricant industry knowledge, dedication to the community, and the staying power with an eye on the future.  Founded by Theodore Selby as a materials-consulting firm with an emphasis on lubrication, Savant Labs evolved from a one-man show with one room and one piece of equipment in 1969 to a multi-thousand square feet facility, with a vast assortment of lubrication testing equipment and a crew of dedicated chemists, technicians and customer service personnel today.  

 Savant Labs deliver innovative insight and quality product, service, and solutions for the advancement of the industries served.  With Ted Selby as the founder, an impressive 50 U.S. patents for lubricant test methods and high precision test instruments with over 250 related technical papers, adds to the depth of understanding and service to the industry. The labs are also ISO 9001:2015 certified with a large number of test methods that are ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accredited.  These certifications and accreditations are a direct result of the people of the Savant Labs that pledge to produce products and provide services that meet or exceed our customers' requirements. “ISO certification can be a grueling process,” said Norm Kanar, Marketing and Sales Manager, “but our talented team of individuals has continued to meet the challenge and has a well-established quality management system producing reliable and competent test and calibration results.”

 “We are very proud of our heritage and long history,” said Theodore Selby.  “Savant Labs has lived its values of being wise servants for our customers, our company and each other.  The next decade will prove to be quite challenging for everyone with the evolution of the electrically-powered vehicles and the impact on fuels and lubricants and we look forward to continued collaboration with leaders in the industry.”

 The Community

Over the last 50 years, employees of Savant Labs have contributed time and talent to many community events and fundraisers, including Support the Troops, The Giving Tree, Breast Cancer Walk, Arbor Day and many more.  “Our Savant employees are great ambassadors out in the community and share their passion for excellence and hard work which is the cornerstone of the Savant Labs mission and values,” said Rebecca Cox, President of the Savant Group of Companies.  “We look forward to continued participation in the coming years.”

 The Future

 Savant Labs would like to thank its customers for decades of patronage over the last 50 years.  Listening, addressing the needs of the customers, and providing solutions have opened opportunities mutually beneficial for all parties. 

 Savant Labs have plans underway for future expansions and will continue to celebrate this milestone throughout 2019 with employee and customer events. 




Established in 1969, the Savant Group is comprised of four individual companies: Savant Labs, Tannas Co., King Refrigeration, Inc., and the Institute of Materials (IOM). The service and expertise provided by the Savant Group enables customers to evaluate the performance of lubricants, fuels, fluids, and related products to meet industry and OEM specifications, monitor and control quality, and develop new test methods.   All four Savant Group companies are ISO 9001 certified and actively participate in industry organizations such as the ASTM, CEC, SAE, ILSAC, and STLE.  


Savant Labs, – An independent laboratory and research center specializing in industry standard and custom testing of lubricants, greases, fluids, and related materials. Focused on data quality and interpretation, innovation and exceptional customer service. 

Tannas Co., – Developer and manufacturer of advanced laboratory instrumentation for analyzing the properties and performance of lubricants, greases, fluids, and related materials. 

King Refrigeration, Inc., -- Manufacturer of low temperature laboratory instruments requiring development and application of advanced refrigeration design.

Institute of Materials Inc. (IOM),  – Publisher of the world's largest independent compilation of engine oil test data. Reliable, unbiased data is readily available on the physical, chemical and performance characteristics of engine oil samples collected from the worldwide marketplace.



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