Skip to Main Content
Pilot Chemical

Pilot Chemical Company Hires Microbiologist to Oversee New Microbiology Lab

February 22, 2023

Pilot Chemical Company, a privately owned and independent global specialty chemical manufacturer, today announced the hire of a Microbiologist to conduct challenge testing and oversee its new microbiology lab. Sarah Hale, who recently joined the team, brings to the role experience in microbial challenge testing, household care product claims testing, research and development, and media preparation.

“When we decided to build a micro lab to support our biocides business, we knew we had to find an expert that could successfully launch the lab and establish industry-accepted processes and procedures,” said John Manka, Ph.D., Director of Research and Development (R&D) and Sharonville Technology Center Site Manager. “We were lucky to find Sarah, as she had the exact training and extensive experience we needed to lead our new lab. She had testing experience in the markets we serve, and her knowledge will enable us to develop better biocide products.”

Pilot Chemical Company opened the new microbiology lab, located in the Sharonville Technology Center, in January to help bring new and innovative biocidal products to the market.

“Our new lab will give Pilot a competitive advantage that allows us to screen biocide formulations quickly and efficiently to better serve our customers and tailor formulations to their specific needs,” said Hale. “I am happy to be a part of the growth at Pilot Chemical Company and am excited to see what additional capabilities we add in the future.”

Hale most recently worked as a Research and Development Microbiologist for Advanced Testing Laboratory. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and forensics from Northern Kentucky University. She also minored in chemistry and criminalistics.

To learn more about Pilot Chemical Company, visit

# # #

About Pilot Chemical Company
Pilot Chemical Company is a privately owned and independent global specialty chemical manufacturer providing high-quality products and services to the disinfecting, sanitizing and cleaning; metalworking and lubricants; oilfield and emulsion polymerization industries. Its proprietary core technologies involve alkylation, sulfonation, sulfation and a number of other specialty operations, including the production of biocidal quats, tertiary amine derivatives, polymers and organometallic fuel additives. 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. Pilot is certified under both ISO 9001:2015 and the American Chemistry Council’s Responsible Care® program and headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, with additional sites located in Ohio, Texas, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Mexico. For more information, visit