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Company History

The Beginning, with Industrial Lubricants

An innovative entrepreneur and chemical engineer, William (Bill) Kiefer started the company in his family’s suburban New Jersey garage, specializing in high temperature bakery lubricants.

Bel-Ray’s first product was a specialty lubricant manufactured for Nabisco for use in high-temperature bakery ovens. This launched the company’s Industrial Division. The company’s goal: to provide industrial customers with new, inventive products that offered optimum performance and measurable value.

Expansion into Mining and Powersports

In the late 1960’s, Kiefer recognized the need for premium quality, extreme-endurance lubricants to extend equipment life in the mining industry. He worked diligently with his R&D team in the company’s state-of-the-art laboratory. The result: the first pumpable lubricant for large walking draglines. With that creation, the Bel-Ray Mining Division was born.

The 1970’s brought the firm’s expansion into the Powersports market. Its line of performance-enhancing, wear-resistant oils and greases for motorcycles and other high-speed bikes offered ground-breaking innovation. Bel-Ray built a strong presence in that arena and became a well-known sponsor in the motocross racing circuit.

Innovations and Growth

New technologies soon led to the creation of an extensive line of non-toxic, food-grade lubricants. These were designed for “clean” industries such as food, beverage, pharmaceutical and cosmetics processing.

Through continued research and field-testing, Bel-Ray further expanded with its ranges of biodegradable mining and industrial lubricants. Specialized eco-friendly marine products followed, increasing their market base. 

Reinforcing its commitment to sustainability and corporate responsibility, Bel-Ray developed an Environmental Carbon Management (ECM) system to reduce energy usage and the release of greenhouse gases.

The Legacy Continues

Bel-Ray continues to proudly manufacture all of its products in the United States. These locally-made products by skilled professionals have traveled the globe and beyond. Bel-Ray lubricants have serviced submarines, weathered chilling arctic cold, defied harsh desert dust and heat, raced to championships wins and even traveled to the moon.

Today Bel-Ray operates with the belief, and challenge, instilled by its founder:

  Provide innovative technology that creates superior performance and value for customers
  Meet the needs of an ever-changing global marketplace, every day
  Do it with integrity, quality and consistency, always.