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Tannas Co. & King Refrigeration, Inc. Precision Laboratory Instruments for Routine Testing and Advanced Research & Development of Engine Oils, Lubricants, and Related Fluids

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    • Tannas Co. and King Refrigeration Promotion - Stephanie Gomola
    • Midland, Michigan
    • News
    • Midland, Michigan: We are thrilled to announce the promotion of Stephanie Gomola from ERP & Logistics Coordinator to our new Customer Care & Logistics Specialist. Stephanie has worked for Tannas Co. and King Refrigeration for nearly ten years and has been an invaluable member of our team.

      Stephanie brings extensive experience in customer service, customer solutions, and logistics, and we’re proud to have her as part of the Tannas Co. and King Refrigeration team. Please join us in wishing her the best of luck!

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    • Tannas Co. and King Refrigeration Promotion - Jim VanBuskirk
    • Midland, Michigan
    • News
    • Midland, Michigan: We are pleased to announce the promotion of Jim VanBuskirk from Senior Instrument Technician to our new Manufacturing Manager. Jim has worked for Tannas Co. and King Refrigeration for nearly ten years and has been an invaluable member of our team. He has demonstrated his innovative skills over the last decade and into his new management role.

      In his new position, Jim oversees the Manufacturing, Quality Assurance, Oil Blending, and Receiving teams. Please join us in congratulating Jim on his outstanding contributions to his department and this organization, and we wish him the best of luck in his new role.

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  • JUNE

    • Midland, Michigan
    • News
    • Midland, Michigan: Tannas Co., a global manufacturer of bench testing equipment for the lubrication industry, announced that recent balloting within ASTM incorporates the Tannas TEOST Turbo® instrument into the new ASTM D8447 Turbo Charger Deposits by Thermo-Oxidation Engine Oil Simulation Test Method. Read More.


    • Theodore (Ted) Selby
    • Midland, Michigan
    • News
    • Midland, Michigan: With profound sadness, we announce the passing of Theodore (Ted) W. Selby, founder of the Savant Group, a Midland, Michigan, USA-based consortium of companies operating in the lubricant industry. Talented and respected in equal measure, Ted’s passing leaves the lubricant industry in mourning. Ted died peacefully at age 93 surrounded by family on March 25th, 2022, in Midland, Michigan. Read More.

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    • Tannas Adds New HTHS Models to TBS Instrument Line
    • Midland, MI
    • News
    • Midland, Michigan: Tannas Co. announces a new addition to its instrument line, the TBS 3000 HTHS Viscometer. This newest Tapered Bearing Simulator (TBS) model is used for routine HTHS quality control and quality assurance testing purposes for meeting D4683, D6616, SH/T 0618 and CEC L-36 test methods between 80°C and 150°C at typical shear rates between 500,000 and 3 million sec-1.  Read more.

    • Tannas Co. Announces Advanced Instrument Model for Critical Automotive Fluid Specifications
    • Midland, MI
    • News
    • Midland, Michigan: Tannas Co. announces a new addition to its instrument line, the Direct Cool II, the latest model in the Scanning Brookfield Technique (SBT) instrument line utilizing Thermoelectric Cooling.  Read more.


  • MAY

    • Savant Group Provides COVID-19 Update to MBA
    • Midland, MI
    • News
    • Rebecca and Gordon Cox shared comments with Midland Business Alliance CEO, Tony Stamas, as they discuss the impact of COVID-19 on Savant and the production of hand sanitizer to address the needs in the community. Read more.


    • Savant Group Named Large Business of the Year Through Midland Business Alliance
    • Midland, MI
    • News
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      The Savant Group, a consortium of internationally-recognized companies serving the lubrication, transportation, manufacturing, and energy sectors, was named the 2020 Large Business of the Year by the Midland Business Alliance. The Large Business of the Year award honors an organization with 50+ employees that demonstrates workplace quality, community involvement, and business growth.

      “This award is validation that our hard work is recognized and appreciated within our community. We tend to keep our heads down and push ahead in our little corner of Midland. When we do come up for air, it is incredibly rewarding and motivating to see our community encouraging and supporting us,” said Rebecca Cox, President of the Savant Group.

      The multidisciplinary expertise provided by the Savant Group companies enables customers to evaluate performance, monitor quality, perform research, and develop innovative solutions for the technical advancement of lubricants, fuel, and related fluids. Savant employs a diverse and highly-skilled workforce, gives volunteer hours and donations to support local causes, and actively participates in improving the quality of life in the community.  With the global nature of its businesses, the Savant Group brings revenue into the community not only from outside the State of Michigan but also the country.  “Our businesses have grown to what they are today because a lot of hardworking people have been open-minded, creative, and determined,” said Gordon Cox, Vice President of Marketing and Sales for the Savant Group.  “We are excited about what the future will bring.”

      View the Midland Business Alliance video featuring Gordon and Rebecca Cox.

      Photography courtesy of Dan Tuma Media. 



    • Greg Miiller Assumes Role of Vice President of Engineering and New Business Development
    • Midland, MI
    • News
    • Greg Miiller, former Vice President of Operations for the SavantGroup, has been recently named the Vice President of Engineering and New Business Development for the Savant Group.  Read more.

    • Head Quarters Update
    • Midland, MI
    • Clearing the way for our new global headquarters. Exciting to see the daily progress. 

      Coming Soon

    • SAVANT GROUP Unveiled New Global Headquarters
    • Midland, MI
    • Savant_Group_Rendering

      Midland, Michigan.  The SAVANT GROUP, comprised of four individual companies that provide products and services to the lubricant, transportation, and energy industries, unveiled the first look of the new global headquarters at their 50th Anniversary Celebration.  The new facilities will be constructed on Bay City Road in Midland, Michigan, reaffirming the Group’s long-term commitment to the Great Lakes Bay region. Read More.


  • JUNE

    • ASTM - D02 Petroleum Products Meeting, Denver
    • Dates: June 23 - 27, 2019
    • Location: Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, Denver, CO
    • D02 Meeting - Petroleum Products, Liquid Fuels, and Lubricants
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    • Reliable Plant | NORIA 2019
    • Dates: April 16-18, 2019
    • Location: Huntington Convention Center, Cleveland, OH
    • Exhibition & Conference
    • According to the Reliable Plant website, "The mission of the Reliable Plant Conference & Exhibition is to educate, connect and inspire. As a forum where experts and experienced professionals can educate and interact directly with those searching for solutions, Reliable Plant inspires lubrication excellence and machine reliability through knowledge sharing, hands-on product exposure and networking among peers. Inspirational case studies and answer-oriented learning sessions inform attendees of industry best practices, while an exhibit hall filled with innovative technologies equip end users with the tools needed to implement world-class reliability in their plants. By providing a healthy dose of perspective that cannot be obtained within the confines of a workplace, Reliable Plant is changing the world one idea, one person, one machine and one plant at a time."  

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    • Arab Lab 2019
    • Dates: March 12 - 14, 2019
    • Location: Dubai International Exhibition Centre, Dubai, UAE
    • Exhibition & Conference
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    • Thailand Lab International 2018
    • Dates: September 12-14, 2018
    • Location: Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Center (BITEC), 10260 Bangkok, Thailand
    • Conference & Exhibition

    • Visit us at our exhibition booth with Petralytics Co., Ltd.


  • JUNE

    • ACHEMA 2018
    • Dates: June 11 - 15, 2018
    • Location: Frankfurt, Germany
    • Exhibition & Conference

    • Visit us in the Exhibition Hall with Orbis.


    • LUBMAT 2018
    • Dates: June 5 - 6, 2018
    • Location: Miramar Palace, San Sebastian, Spain
    • Exhibition & Conference - - The Sixth Congress in Lubrication, Tribology & Condition Monitoring

    • Visit us in the Exhibition Hall with M.T. Brandao.

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    • F+L Week 2018
    • Dates: March 6-9, 2018
    • Location: Macao at Cotai Strip
    • Exhibition & Conference

    • F+L Week is "the premier fuel, lubricant, additive and base oils conference in the Asia-Pacific region.  You can gain unparalleled access to industry thought leaders and decision makers, and point your business in the right direction for growth."



    • Gulf Coast Conference
    • Dates: Jan. 17-18, 2018 -Rescheduled from 10/2017
    • Location: George R Brown Convention Center, Houston, Texas
    • Conference + Exhibition

    • Visit us at booth 730. 

      The Gulf Coast Conference is a non-profit organization oriented toward the education and advancement of knowledge of Chemical Analysis Technology associated with the Petrochemical, Refining, and Environmental fields, and will forward this goal through annual technical meetings, regular communications, and training courses focused on these fields.

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    • PEFTEC, Belgium
    • Dates: November 29-30, 2017
    • Location: Antwerp, Belgium
    • Exhibition & Conference

    • Visit us at booth 131 with Orbis.

      Petroleum, Refining & Environmental Monitoring Technologies (PEFTEC) is a conference for chemists, scientists, process operators, laboratory technicians, and environmental managers who work in the petroleum, chemical, or petrochemical industries.



    • Lab Asia 2017
    • Dates: October 10 -12, 2017
    • Location: Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    • International Scientific Instrument & Laboratory Equipment Exhibition and Conference

    • Visit us at booth 4BB14 with IPSA (Instrumentation & Petroleum Services Asia SDN BHD).

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    • EXPOQUIMIA - The International Chemistry Event
    • Dates: October 2 - 6, 2017
    • Location: Fira Barcelona Gran Via in Barcelona, Spain
    • Exhibition & Conference

    • Visit us at Grand Via (GV), Hall 2, Street D, Stand 241 with M.T. Brandao.

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    • ANALITICA Latin America
    • Dates: September 26-28, 2017
    • Location: Sao Paulo Expo, Sao Paulo/SP - Brazil
    • Exhibition & Conference

    • Visit us in Hall C, Stand C20A with Pensalab.

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    • Reliability Ireland 2017
    • Dates: September 12 - 13, 2017
    • Location: Lyrath Hotel, Kilkenny, Ireland
    • Conference, Exhibition, & Presentation | Visit us at booth 16 with Integrated Scientific.
    • You’re invited to hear Greg Miiller present on Wednesday, September 12, 2017 at the Reliability Ireland Conference in Kilkenny, Ireland (Lyrath Hotel). 

      His presentation is entitled “Innovative RPVOT Technology, Condition Monitoring and an in situ Sampling Technique Used to Monitor Lubricant Oxidation.”

      Come discover a revolutionary method to perform the RPVOT test and how it can be used as a tool in condition monitoring. Additionally, the unique in situ sampling capability of this versatile isothermal, high pressure, high temperature test instrument will be demonstrated. Oil sampling at various points along the reaction pathway provide insights into the degree of oxidation and the rate of antioxidant consumption.

      Visit us at booth 16 with Integrated Scientific.

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