J. Amatuzio invented the world’s first synthetic motor oil
under his company’s name of Amsoil. Amsoil is the leading
independent manufacturer of synthetic lubricants, which every other
oil company has followed.
In 1972, Amsoil 10W-40 Motor Oil became the world’s
first synthetic motor oil to meet the American Petroleum Institute
service criteria. Other company firsts include two-cycle oil, racing
oil, marine oil and transmission fluid.
Amatuzio became interested in synthetic lubricants
during his 25 years in the Air National Guard. As a jet fighter
pilot, he was honored twice as North America's top pilot, winning
the William Tell Air-to-Air Shootout and Earl Rick's Competitive
"As a child growing up on Raleigh Street,
I would watch the old mail plane skim the waters of St. Louis Bay
and dream of becoming a pilot," he said.
As a pilot, Amatuzio was acutely aware that only
synthetic lubricants could withstand the tremendous pressures and
temperatures encountered by jet engines. He also knew that every
jet engine used only synthetic lubricants. Armed with that knowledge,
he reasoned the same performance benefits would prove invaluable
in cars, trucks and all other combustion engines.
He graduated from Denfeld in 1942. That year's
Denfeld Oracle prophesized that Amatuzio would
someday become an oil engineer.
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