Friday, March 15, 2013

Diesel Fluid Facility Opens at Stockton Port

A new diesel exhaust fluid production and packaging facility had its grand opening March 13 at the Port of Stockton.

Diesel exhaust fluid, or DEF, is a new product required by many heavy-duty trucks, pickups, SUVs, vans, agricultural, construction and forestry equipment built after January 2010.

DEF is used to destroy harmful emissions in the exhaust and meet the EPA’s latest strict environmental standards. Emissions legislation came into force in January 2010 requiring diesel vehicles to significantly reduce harmful emissions of NOx and particulate matter.

DEF, which is non-hazardous, is sprayed into the exhaust and combines with a catalyst to break down the harmful pollutant NOx into nitrogen and water.

The Stockton facility, which is run by Texas-based company Victory Blue, now produces, packages and distributes the exhaust fluid for various companies, including Cummins and Valvoline.

“This facility helps to solidify our distribution network on the West Coast,” Victory Executive Vice President Jason Lower said. “We are confident that our new Stockton, California facility will provide a much needed supply solution to the region. We are proud to bring jobs to the area and be a contributor to the ongoing efforts to improve air quality through cleaner emissions for future generations.”

The new, 40,000-square-foot production facility at the Port of Stockton has bulk loading 24 hours a day, seven days a week, as well as an inventory of totes, drums, jugs and a line of equipment for end users.

The facility will have the ability to produce millions of gallons of product annually, Victory Blue President Tom Paquin said March 13.