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History

National Disinfectant Company (1919)

BORN FROM THE IDEA OF DOING MORE WITH LESS

In the early years, Chemsearch FE’s product line was simple, providing cleaning, janitorial and sanitation solutions to commercial and industrial facilities. The company was built on the premise of providing the best products by the most knowledgeable representatives.

Near the end of the 1990s, we recognized new opportunities, specifically in facility maintenance. Chemsearch soon became an industry leader in drain and wastewater maintenance, HVAC and water treatment innovations.

Less about cleaning a property, we found a greater impact on our customers in water reduction, energy savings and properly maintaining and extending the life of a facility. These product lines naturally became the focus of our company as we continued to grow.

In the 21st century, urban environments continued to grow and the need for green buildings and sustainability programs became wildly important in an effort to accommodate the growing population with a better, brighter and healthier place to live and work.

Through this green revolution, Chemsearch continued to define itself as a resource to facility engineers in water and waste reduction, energy savings and sustainable practices. As a result, Chemsearch FE was born.

Timeline


1919

Milton P. Levy Sr. began National Disinfectant Company offering just six products and a dream.

1946

1946 Upon Milton’s death, his wife, Ruth, and his three sons, Lester, Milton and Irvin, became more active in the company’s management. Sales reached $300,000.

1960

1960 The company name was changed to National Chemsearch to reflect the company’s expanding chemical product line.

1969

National Chemsearch was listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: NCH) with 250 products and sales of almost $48 million.

1978

The NCH Corporation name was adopted as the company expanded into new maintenance product lines. Sales reached $200 million.

1990

Near the end of the century, Chemsearch became the leader in wastewater, HVAC & water treatment innovations.

2002

The Levy family acquired all shares of the company, making it a private company with sales over $700 million.

2003

NCH Corporation began production and sales of the BIO-Amp™, a revolutionary bacteria generator for use in drains, wastewater, turf and ponds.

2005

We found our impact on our customers was greater in helping them extend the life of a facility, therefore this became our primary focus.

2012

Chemsearch FE was launched as a separate division with the vision of being the industry leader in facility resource management.

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Today

NCH Corporation exists in 53 countries around the world, with more than 500,000 customers and $1.3 billion in sales. Chemsearch FE is the fastest growing division within NCH.