A Timeline of Innovation
1993 – Gary Sage, company founder, invented the first oil vac system.
Gary initially created the first oil vac system so he could change the oil in his irrigation engine without spilling oil on himself or the ground. After putting his new invention to use, a lightbulb went off. This new lube exchange system was not only cleaner, it was faster!
Through the rest of the 1990s, Gary manufactured more oil vac systems for other farmers in the Midwest. Word continued to spread and the demand continued to rise.
2001 – Gary decided to pursue his Sage Oil Vac dream full time.
The oil vac system had made its way into a number of industries — including oil and gas field service and maintenance for heavy equipment fleets, generators, rental fleet companies and more. By 2001, Gary knew it was time to take the plunge and open up shop full time. He opened the Sage Oil Vac headquarters in Amarillo, Texas, and began to manufacture mobile lube equipment.
2004 – Sage Oil Vac secured a game-changing business partnership with the U.S. Army Reserve.
With a new partnership established to build custom systems for the Army Reserve, Sage Oil Vac doubled in size. To accommodate the rapid growth, the company built an additional 24,000-square-foot facility.
2007 – The first wind gearbox oil exchange (GOEX) system was created.
Sage Oil Vac developed the wind GOEX system in 2007 and forever transformed the way oil is changed in the wind turbine industry. This unique invention created a new niche market for the company. In the years that followed, Sage Oil Vac gained an international distributor in Australia and an international dealer in the European wind market.
2012 – A year of recognition.
In 2012, Sage Oil Vac was awarded the Top Small Business of the Year Award by the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce and the Presidential “E” Award for growth in exports.