Smart Business Magazine recently hosted the Columbus Smart 50 Awards presented by Hylant to honor the top 50 executives leading organizations in Central Ohio. The awards were presented at a gala event at The Exchange at Bridge Park in Dublin, OH. In addition to honoring the top 50 executives, three awards were presented to recognize special achievement in Innovation, Impact and Sustainability.
Chris Gabrelcik, founder and president of Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI) was named this year as one of the smartest 50 executives in the region and also was the recipient of the Smart 50 Innovation Award. LSI manufactures performance oils, additives and lubricants for diverse markets under their Hot’ Shot’s Secret brand in Mt. Gilead, OH.
Gabrelcik says, “It was a true honor to stand with so many smart bright executives in Ohio last week to be honored as a Smart 50 winner. One of our company’s core values is innovation as every product we develop is based on solving a problem significantly better than the competition. Being honored with the Smart 50 Innovation Award amongst this gathering of Ohio’s top companies is humbling and a testament to decades of staying true to our core values, and to the many fine and smart people we have working at LSI.”
Gabrelcik started the business in his home garage in 1997 primarily developing lubrication solutions for industrial purposes. In 2005, LSI launched Stiction Eliminator Oil Additive to remove stiction from injectors and the fuel system to restore power and compression and reduce lifter and valve noise.
Since the company’s inception in 1997, LSI manufactures over 30 products under the Hot Shot’s Secret brand for multiple markets – automotive, heavy duty, motorsports, powersports and more to improve power, performance and reliability for gas and diesel powered vehicles. Additionally, LSI provides custom private label lubrication solutions providing turnkey services for new product development in the chemical category. All product development, manufacturing, packaging and distribution occurs at the company’s headquarters located in Mt. Gilead, OH. Additional LSI marketed brands include Frantz Filters, Fluid Recovery, GREM and Microwave Renewable Technologies.
Gabrelcik is one of only a select few in the industry that is both a Certified Lubrication Specialist (CLS) and Oil Management Analyst (OMA). He is a member of the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE) and Association of Diesel Specialists (ADS).