After leaving the United States Navy as an engineering officer, A.J. Wichita spent three years with the Carrier Corporation as a field engineer. In 1963, he incorporated Aqua Shield Chemical Company to manufacture silicone lubricants and sealers. In 1968 this company expanded into additional maintenance products, and in 1977 the rights to market Nitro 9 additives was acquired. These lubricants serviced the petroleum industry under the name of Southwest Molybdenum Co. Some of the major oil companies that purchased Nitro 9 products then are still customers today. As the market expanded in the United States, Hi-Tech Oil Blends, Inc. was created to consolidate the services of purchasing, packaging, and distribution for Nitro 9 Lubricants, Inc. A.J. Wichita has been appointed to the Texas Lone Star District Export Council by the Secretary of Commerce, the honorable William Daly. Mr. Wichita's international business experience has also been recognized by the Dallas Texas Chamber of Commerce and has been nominated for the "International Business Achievement" award for 1998.
Hi-Tech Oil Blends, Inc. produces a brand of fuel and oil additives and other lubricants called Nitro 9. The products had unusual endurance qualities and hundreds of thousands of parts were pre-lubed for the Space Program. The Nitro 9 lubricant line has expanded from the original five baseline additives to a complete approach on smoke and emission reduction on all internal combustion engines. The increase in requests for "private labeling" in the overseas marketplace has also developed for our quality lubricants and additive products in the past 20 years.