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Our History

Phoenix Chemical Laboratory was founded in 1927 in Chicago and performed quality research and testing for petroleum products and lubricants under the direction of Dr. Arthur Krawetz. Dr. Krawetz was well known in the lubricants and grease testing industry. He was a member of ASTM International for more than 50 years, and developed numerous standardized test methods, including ASTM D2879 and ASTM D2717.

J.V. Taylor founded T&T Labs, which eventually became Alcor Petrolab, in 1968. He had been trained as a petroleum chemist and worked for Howell Hydrocarbons of San Antonio. Chris Taylor, J.V.'s son, joined T&T Labs in 1980 and renamed the company to Alcor Petrolab in 2001 after acquiring a high-performance lubricants testing laboratory.

Nathan Wicker formed Zelva Holdings LLC and purchased Alcor Petrolab in 2011 and Phoenix Chemical Laboratory in 2016. Phoenix Chemical relocated to Texas, where it continues to operate.

Alcor Petrolab and Phoenix Chemical Laboratory now have more than 30 experienced chemists, engineers, and lab technicians working together to continue the tradition of high quality testing, rapid turnaround times, creative engineering solutions, and distinctive levels of customer service.

Alcor Petrolab and Phoenix Chemical combine to form one of the leading independent testing laboratories for high-performance lubricants in the world. Alcor Petrolab is the largest independent fuel testing laboratory in the Dallas/Fort Worth and San Antonio/Austin areas. The company is pleased to serve a wide variety of lubricant manufacturers, refineries, pipelines, fuel distributors and many others.