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Amatuzio remembered as founder of AMSOIL

Al Amatuzio

AMSOIL INC. founder, Al Amatuzio died March 31 at the age of 92.

Amatuzio was born May 6, 1924 in Duluth, Minn. His entrepreneurial nature emerged when he was a child. He peddled newspapers, sold magazines, collected scrap iron, and devised any number of ventures to help support the family through difficult times.

After high school Al attended Naval Air Corps training and served in the Merchant Marines, the Air Force, and eventually, the Duluth unit of the Air National Guard. He served 25 years as a fighter pilot and squadron commander and was twice honored as our nation’s top pilot.

In 1963 Amatuzio began an intense period of research and development. By 1966 he had formulated his first synthetic motor oil, and throughout the 1960s he continued development and sold synthetic oils under a variety of names. In 1972 AMSOIL synthetic motor oil became the world’s first synthetic motor oil to meet American Petroleum Institute service requirements.

The family has requested that memorials be made in Al’s name to Animal Allies of Duluth, the Douglas County Humane Society and the AMSOIL Northland Law Enforcement K-9 Foundation.


Animal Allies of Duluth
Adeline Green
4006 Airport Road
Duluth, MN 55811

Douglas County Humane Society
Sheila Keup
138 Moccasin Mike Road
Superior, WI 54880

AMSOIL Northland Law Enforcement Foundation
Deena Peterson
One AMSOIL Center
Superior, WI 54880

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