Gov. Bevin, Mayor Gray attend dedication of new Valvoline world headquarters
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Gov. Matt Bevin and Lexington Mayor Jim Gray joined Valvoline Inc. executives and local officials on Thursday to celebrate the grand opening of the company’s new headquarters, a $35 million office on Valvoline Way off Palumbo Drive.
Valvoline has been headquartered in Lexington for more than 30 years. The company recently spun off from Ashland Global Holdings Inc. to become the latest standalone global company based in Fayette County. Valvoline employs about 5,500 people worldwide, with about 1,100 in Kentucky.
“Today is a great day for Valvoline,” said CEO Sam Mitchell. “We officially dedicated our new headquarters, an amazing building that reflects our brand and our collaborative, innovative culture. But perhaps more important, it reflects our ongoing commitment to Kentucky and the communities we serve. Were proud to call Lexington home.”
Built with sustainability and the company’s “Never Idle” culture in mind, the new Valvoline headquarters features a modern, open floorplan designed for collaboration; abundant natural light; and prominent space to showcase Valvoline’s history and heritage as well as its vision for the future. Construction began in November 2015 with project development by Verus Partners, design by Solomon Cordell Buenz and general contractor work by Messer Construction Co.
“Valvoline’s decision to invest in our community sends a message around the world that Lexington is a great place to do business,” said Lexington Mayor Jim Gray. “Valvoline, which has called Lexington home for more than 30 years, is a great employer that gives back to our community.”
The dedication will be followed on May 13 with a Community Celebration. Valvoline will welcome the public to its campus for a giant garage sale to benefit Lexington Habitat for Humanity, food trucks, a car cruise-in, a free kids zone, tours of the new headquarters, and more.