Company History

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2020

EMCO opens the new EMCO Packaging distribution center site. An additional food grade tanker is added to our fleet, bringing the total to 6 Food Grade Tankers. A lab expansion…

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2019

Expansion continues with the purchase of a 500,000 sq/ft distribution center in North Chicago, IL, and a the completion of a xxxx sq/ft warehouse addition in Columbia, IL.  We look…

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2018

Microsoft AX upgrade project was completed, bringing…. EMCO rebrands the North Chicago, and Columbia, Illinois sites as EMCO Chemical Packaging.  A new website:  emcochempack.com is created to meet the needs…

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2017

Growth and expansion continue with the completion of a 60,000 sq/ft addition to our distribution facility in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin.  The addition will primarily be used for drum storage, but…

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2016

More improvements were made to our Columbia, Illinois Chemical Packaging facility; including the installation of an OEM quality spray booth and additional storage tankers.  New state of-the-art blending and packaging…

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2015

EMCO achieved FSSC22000 Food Safety System Certification at the Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin facility.  New hot room storage was constructed at our Chemical Packaging facility in Columbia, IL.

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2014

Construction is completed on the White Room for USP and Food Grade product packaging at our facility in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin.

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2013

EMCO is proud to unveil our new Corporate Headquarters and state-of-the-art Manufacturing & Distribution facility. The 260,000 square foot facility is located on a 30-plus acre site in Pleasant Prairie,…

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2012

EMCO begins representing OMG Americas, Inc. product lines, the world’s leading manufacturer of dryer and paint additives in the coatings, adhesives, ink and paint industries. Warehousing is opened in Ontario…

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2011

EMCO’s sales reach $297 million. EMCO is named 7th largest distributor in the United States employing over 400 people.

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2010

Although the year is just starting, we are excited to announce the purchase of a 30 acre site in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin. The site includes a 260,000 sq ft building…

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2009

As in 2008 our sales dollars are impacted by the price of crude oil, however, this year crude prices dropped and so did our sales dollars. We finished 2009 with…

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2008

​A very exciting year as our sales reached $246,000,000. Selling prices of chemicals skyrocketed due to the high price of oil. Most significant was our purchase of the MOZEL Chemical…

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2007

​A nice growth year for EMCO. Our sales almost broke through the $200,000,000 barrier, not quite at $196,000,000. We purchased and installed in our newly constructed clean room machinery to…

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2006

​EMCO sales reached $185 million and our ISO 9001 certification was renewed. We purchased a new warehouse/production building 0.3 miles from our main production facility, so we now have over…

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2005

EMCO sales reached $172 million and we opened a new Distribution Center adding 50,000 square feet of storage to bring our total space to 460,000 square feet.​

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2004

​EMCO sales reached $134 million and we became the 19th largest chemical distributor. We established a Fine Ingredients Division to serve the food and pharmaceutical industries. In addition, we installed…

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2003

​EMCO sales reached $119 million. We expanded our distribution territory to serve Minnesota, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio, as well as, Illinois.

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2002

​EMCO sales reached $109 million, ranking 22nd in U.S. and still the largest single site distributor in the USA. Obtained ISO 9001:2000 certification for the Custom Packaging Division. Awarded North…

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2000

​EMCO reached $97.5 million. Obtained Site Class Verification for NACD’s Responsible Distribution Process.

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1999

​EMCO sales reached $92.7 million. Obtained Management System Verification for NACD’s Responsible Distribution Process.

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1998

​EMCO sales reached $86.5 million, ranking 21st in the U.S. and largest single site distributor in the USA. Employed 179.

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1995

​EMCO sales reached $73.5 million, ranking 23rd in the U.S. and tops for largest single site distributor in the USA. Created Specialty Chemical Division. Employed 176.

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1994

EMCO sales reached $61.3 million. Created Waste Division. Employed 163.

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1993

EMCO sales reached $49.4 million. Built explosion-proof fill room for Custom Packaging Division. Employed 156.

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1990

EMCO sales reached $37.4 million. Purchased adjacent building, expanding plant square footage to 325,000. Created Custom Packaging Division. Employed 102.

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1985

​Renamed company as EMCO Chemical Distributors, Inc. and relocated business to 118,000 square foot facility at 2100 Commonwealth Avenue in North Chicago. Sales hit $25 million, ranking company nationally among…

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1975

​Continued business expansion, adding plant space as well as bulk storage tanks.

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1971

Edward Polen started E-M Co., filling chemical orders and packaging chemicals into small containers out of the garage at his Highland Park home. ​Moved business from home to 4,000 square…

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1967

​Edward Polen leaves Boston to take a job as a pharmacist for Walgreens. He eventually takes a salesman position at Big Ben Chemicals and Solvents in Chicago, and remains at…

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