About ZXP Technologies


ZXP Technologies provides contract blending and packaging services for premium, mineral oil based and synthetic lubricants, brake fluid, gear oil, power steering fluid, hydraulic fluids, marine oils and industrial lubricant products.


ZXP is recognized as the “Go To” strategic outsource partner to the world’s largest lubricant companies
Relentless focus on safety, quality, and operational excellence
Capability to serve customers increasingly complex needs
Deeply integrated with customer operations to maximize supply chain efficiencies
Diversified across customers, product families and packing types


Go the extra mile – We will strive to always provide better service than is requested or expected.

Find a better way – We will remain flexible to create better ways to service our customers.

Attention to detail – We will maintain our focus on every detail, every day, every time.

Servicing customers is #1 – We will value our customers always.

Take ownership – We will take ownership and be accountable in all that we do.

Safety – We are committed to the Safety of our Employees and our work.


James Taylor – Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Taylor leads the effort in strategy and growth of ZXP. He has a proven track record in building companies, managing work outs, accelerating sales, developing management teams, planning and executing mergers and acquisitions, fund raising, development of technology strategies, aligning technology to support the business, guiding companies from startups to successful exit, growing middle market firms and business units of fortune 1000 companies.

Steve McLaughlin – Chief Operating Officer is responsible for the daily operations of ZXP. His prior experience spans 20 years with BP in numerous roles including: Global Supply Chain – Global Manufacturing Excellence Director where he led the global manufacturing network of 23 plants through the principals of Lean Manufacturing with a focus on Loss Analysis and Loss Elimination, Global Supply Chain – Americas Regional Manufacturing Director where he was responsible for a manufacturing network of up to 11 Manufacturing & Distribution Sites across the Americas (USA, Canada, Brazil), the Regional Engineering Team, Regional Manufacturing Excellence Team, Regional 3rd Party Manufacturing Team, and Regional Quality Control Team and other roles.

Steve Davis – Chief Innovation Officer is responsible to find and implement innovative technology solutions, process or operational changes to drive efficiencies and profitability of the business, develop the appropriate operating models to deliver profitably, safely and environmentally on the existing and new business, drives improved operational performance as measured by key indicators from continuous improvement and lean manufacturing and ensures all investments meet our investment strategy, liquidity requirements and operating needs of the business based on its strategic and operational requirements of the business. Leads all efforts with our customer for new capabilities and all related Capex and Opex projects to ensure on time and on budget. Mr. Davis also serves as the company’s primary project and engineering lead and has successfully implemented recent multi-million-dollar projects. Prior to ZXP, Mr. Davis owned and operated a successful lawn, garden, and irrigation company for 10 years.

Julio Calzada – Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Calzada is responsible for executing the financial strategy of ZXP. Additionally, Mr. Calzada is responsible for the Client Experience group including sales operations, onboarding new business, and account management. Prior to ZXP, Julio was Director of Corporate Development and Strategy at CST Industries. He previously served as Director of Corporate Development and Strategy at Liqui-Box in Richmond, VA.; an Investment Associate for The Sterling Group, a private equity firm in Houston, TX; and an Investment Banking Analyst in Morgan Stanley’s Global Services group. He holds a B.B.A. in Accounting from Texas A&M University and a MBA from Harvard Business School.

Patric Elders – Executive Vice President, Operational Excellence. Mr. Elders oversees product design, raw material purchasing, quality control and systems, health and safety and environmental compliance. Mr. Elders, formerly of Pennzoil and Warren Unilube, has over 30 years of experience in manufacturing, quality control, ISO systems, sales, and marketing.

Jayna Mull – Executive Vice President, Business Development. Ms. Mull oversees sales, marketing, and market development. Ms. Mull, formerly of Rexam and RhinoPak, has over 30 years of experience in package design, manufacturing, packaging, operations, customer service, engineering and sales.

Michael Standley – VP, Information Technology. Mr. Standley oversees ZXP’s IT Operations & Infrastructure. Mr. Standley has over 20 years’ experience in IT Systems management and consulting, including Data Center architecture, Network & Sercurity Operation Center design and implementation, State and Federal IT compliance consulting and Network/Server architecture.

Avi Solanki – VP, Product Management & Quality.Mr. Solanki oversees technical product management, the quality management system, and laboratory operations. Mr. Solanki has over a decade of combined experience in management, quality control, quality assurance, product management, and customer service.

ZXP Board of Directors

Fancis Carr – Prior to co-founding Milton Street Capital, Francis Carr spent 11 years with The Sterling Group, a Houston-based middle market private equity manager. While at Sterling he participated in 7 platform investments and 7 add-on acquisitions, representing a total enterprise value in excess of $2 billion. He has served on the boards of BTEC Turbines, Stackpole, Liqui-Box, American Bath Group, CST Industries, and DexKo Global. Francis received a B.A. in economics from the University of Virginia and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.

Robert Hogan – Prior to joining Milton Street Capital in 2018, Bob was an Operating Partner with The Sterling Group, in which role he was responsible for leading strategic, operational and commercial best practices and continuous improvement initiatives across the firm’s diverse portfolio. He served on the board of Sterling Group portfolio companies CST Industries, Process Barron, Specified Air, Time Manufacturing and American Bath Group (Chairman). Prior to joining Sterling, Bob was President and Chief Executive Officer of AmerCable from 1993 to 2012. Bob holds Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in accounting from Virginia Tech University. He has been an active member of YPO/YPO Gold since 1995.

Don Shaver – Don Shaver is currently the sole member/manager of BD Advisors, LLC. Previously, he was a senior partner and CFO of National Pump & Compressor Ltd., a business he and another partner started in 2007 and sold to United Rentals in 2014. Prior to National Pump and Compressor, Ltd., Don spent 30 years with accounting and tax advisory firms, most recently with Cook Shaver Parker & Williams, P.C. out of Beaumont, Texas. Don received his BBA in Accounting from Lamar University and is a CPA.

Kent Farmer – Mr. Farmer was President and CEO of Spectrum Lubricants, a leading formulator, blender, packager and distributor of specialty lubricants to the outdoor power equipment and recreational marine industries. Upon the sale of Spectrum to Phillips 66, Mr. Farmer served as Manager of Phillips 66 Specialty Lubricants division. Prior to that, Mr. Farmer was President and Chief Operating Officer of Coastal Unilube, a subsidiary of The Coastal Corporation. Before this role at Unilube, Mr. Farmer spent over twenty years in various roles of the lubricants manufacturing and distribution market. Mr. Farmer received a BS degree from the University of Memphis.

James Taylor – Mr. Taylor leads the effort in strategy and growth of ZXP. He has a proven track record in building companies, managing work outs, accelerating sales, developing management teams, planning and executing mergers and acquisitions, fund raising, development of technology strategies, aligning technology to support the business, guiding companies from startups to successful exit, growing middle market firms and business units of fortune 1000 companies.


Our Highlands Texas plant serves as the corporate office and is located 20 miles east of downtown Houston. The Highlands facility includes the following features:

  • 42 acres with 8 acres for additional development.
  • A total of 450,000 sq. ft. in covered facilities.
  • Over 400,000 sq. ft. in warehousing.
  • Over 85,000 sq. ft. in offsite warehousing.
  • 21 truck loading docks.
  • 4 additional truck loading docks (Q2 2020).
  • 20 bulk truck unloading spots.
  • 17 additional bulk truck storage spots.
  • Union Pacific rail spur.
  • 28 Current Rail Spots.
  • 6 boxcar loading and unloading spots.
  • 65 Additional Rail Spots Expansion (Q2 2020).
  • 44 Additional Rail Spots Future Expansion.
  • Inbound and Outbound Truck Scales.
Blending & Bulk Shipping

  • 209 blending and storage tanks with over 8.5M gallons of capacity
  • Packaged Case Capacity 2.5 million Per Month
  • Railcars
  • Bulk Trucks
  • Flexibags/Containers
  • IBC

8 Automated Lines – Small Pack

Plastic & Metal Containers

  • 2 1/2 Gallon
  • 5 Quart
  • Gallons
  • Quarts & Liters
  • Pints & Smaller

7 Automated Lines – Large Pack

Plastic & Metal Containers

  • Totes
  • Drums
  • Kegs
  • Pails
  • Bag in the Box/Eco Box