About Pilot Chemical

Pilot Chemical is a privately owned and independent global specialty chemical company providing high quality products and services to the household and industrial detergent, personal care, lubricant, oilfield, emulsion polymerization, disinfecting, and sanitizing industries. Proprietary core technologies involve alkylation, sulfonation, sulfation and a number of other specialty operations, including the production of biocidal quats and tertiary amine derivatives. Pilot, an industry leader in chemical innovation and safety, owns the most state-of-the-art continuous sulfation process in North America, is a leader in quaternary ammonium compounds, and is the world's largest manufacturer of disulfonates.


A Historic look at Pilot Chemical Company

1951: John Morrisroe invents Ice-Cold Sulfonation (ICS) Technology and applies for a patent. A year later, Mr. Morrisroe founded Pilot Chemical Company and opened the Santa Fe Springs, CA facility.

Expanding Into New Territory

  • 1963: Lockland, Ohio
  • 1968: Avenel, New Jersey
  • 1973: Houston, TX - Alkylation technology is introduced
  • 1985: Middletown, OH

1988: Emerges into the Emulsion Polymerization market Peter Morrisroe named Chairman

1993: Emerges into the Personal Care market Emerges into the international business market

1995: Sulfation technology introduced

2000: Paul Morrisroe named Chairman

2002: 50th Anniversary

2005: Consolidated corporate accounting, sales, customer service and technical functions under one roof. Relocated corporate head quarters to Cincinnati, Ohio.

2006: Expanded drying capability in our Avenel, NJ facility.

2007: Implemented new company-wide IT system, involving production, scheduling, inventory control, and order entry.

2007: Launched new corporate logo and website.

2008: Expanded Alkylation and Distillation capacity in Houston, Texas.

2008: Expanded Sulfonation capacity in Middletown, Ohio.

2008: Acquired the business aspects of Intertrade Holding Inc.

2010: Pamela Butcher hired as new COO and President of Pilot Chemical.

2011: Launched a World-Class Safety program.

2012: 60th Anniversary

2012: Pilot Chemical Acquires Mason Chemical Company to better serve both companies customers.