The Chemline Story
Chemline was founded in a garage in 1997 by John Pantanella. Three years before founding the company, he worked in the industry and gained the knowledge and experience needed while working nights and weekends on his own formulas that would eventually be Chemline’s first products. In the early days of the company, Chemline rented lab, office and warehouse space and shared a few key staff members with another coating manufacturer.
While this company answered phones and handled logistics, John focused on selling and technically supporting the products. After 8 months, a steel tank manufacturer gave Chemline its first order, and word began to spread about the performance of Chemline products and exceptional service.
With the help of a consulting firm, Chemline took the necessary steps to help with the burst in growth by hiring talented chemists and technical experts from the industry (all of which are still with us today). By adding key personnel, Chemline was positioned to grow again and over the next 7 years, producing $12M in revenue.
The decision was made to purchase a building located in St Louis, MO and Chemline began manufacturing its own product in 2004. After attracting a few industry pros, Chemline began to grow again and made several successful acquisitions. In 2010 sales hit $17 M and Chemline was on a roll!
We purchased more buildings, more equipment and one more business – TA Davies. TA Davies gave Chemline a footprint on the west coast and our message resonated with consumers. The California business grew from $1.5M to $10M in revenue in 4 years, and by 2015, Chemline had grown to $50M in revenue.
Today, we continue to build the company and we are committed to keeping our eye on serving our customers while creating a professionalized family business. Chemline now has approximately 100 employees between our two facilities; St. Louis, MO and Los Angeles, CA. Our St. Louis location acts as our headquarters and occupies a 250,000 sq. ft. space where the most up to date chemical processing technology enables Chemline to quickly produce a wide range of polyurethane resins. With an ever-expanding facility, Chemline has scaled to become one of the largest privately held polyurethane systems of specialty elastomers and coatings.
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