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2017

EXPANDING INTO BULK DISTRIBUTION IN CANADA!

EXPANDING INTO BULK DISTRIBUTION IN CANADA!

Recochem acquires industry leader UltraClear Bulk Fluids.

Ultraclear is the leading National Blender/Distributor of bulk Windshield Wash and Coolant to automotive and trucking fleets, dealerships and service centers in Canada. With a fleet of 52 trucks and a strong staff of drivers, equipment installers and head-office staff in Markham, Ontario, Ultraclear sells into channels that complement those called upon by Recochem.

2016

Recochem celebrates 65 years

Recochem celebrates 65 years

Recochem celebrates 65 years of continued growth and success worldwide!

2015

DEF market leader

DEF market leader

Recochem strengthens position as DEF market leader

The Americas Division acquires all DEF related assets and the H2Blu brand from Wakefield Canada. The additions are integrated with the national DEF Blue Network Program to solidify Recochem’s position in this segment.

2014

Laurentide Automotive Products

Laurentide Automotive Products

Recochem acquires Laurentide Automotive Products

With the addition of Laurentide – a supplier with strong national distribution in the automotive aftermarket and the grocery & club-store channel – Recochem is able to enter new market segments, improve its sourcing and logistics, and gain access to new products and brands throughout Canada.

Recochem makes a splash online

The company launches a newly designed website that is mobile responsive and operates easily across all platforms. The AutoRAD Guide – a coolant selector by vehicle, make & model – is developed as a web application to promote OEM coolants in the U.S. market.

2013

Recochem expands its coolant offerings in Asia

Recochem expands its coolant offerings in Asia

The company and Tianjin Changlu Salt Industry Co. Ltd form a Joint Venture company in China – Recochem Engine Coolants (Tianjin) Company Ltd. that helps us establish a position as technical leader in blending and selling Antifreeze and related products in this growing market.

Recochem expands its line of branded products

Our business expands across North America by manufacturing well known brands such as Liquid Plumr® septic treatments and RV plumbing antifreeze (Canada & USA); Prestone® Performance Chemicals (Canada); Armor AllTM Wood Preservatives and BBQ Cleaners (Canada); OEM® Antifreeze/Coolants.

2012

Recochem launches RECO-COOL brand in Australia / Asia

Recochem launches RECO-COOL brand in Australia / Asia
With a network of “Macro-Distributors” set up in Asia and the Middle East, Recochem can store inventory and build local sales forces to effectively promote Reco-Cool as the premium coolant brand in the market.
Recochem adopts new redistillation process at Napierville In an effort to make product from renewable sources, the Napierville facility develops a new process for re-distilled ethylene glycol (REG) from recycled used antifreeze/coolant, to produce high purity glycol for coolants.
2011

Recochem founder posthumously inducted into Industry Hall of Fame

Recochem founder posthumously inducted into Industry Hall of Fame

Joseph Kuchar is inducted into the 2011 CHHMA (Canadian Hardware & Housewares Manufacturers Association) Industry Hall of Fame for his many contributions with the products and services that Recochem provided to this industry over the past 60 years.

Recochem celebrates 60 years of continued success.

2010

Recochem opens new facility in Ontario

Recochem opens new facility in Ontario

The Ontario Consumer Division moves to a new facility in Milton. Super concentrate coolants are produced and delivered to the U.S. and South America. The product development lab tests and develops household, automotive and paint sundry chemical products to meet our customers’ needs.

Recochem expands into the DEF market

The Consumer Division begins supplying Air1® Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) to the Canadian heavy duty diesel engine market, and becomes the leading supplier in this segment.

2007

Recochem coolant sales go global

Recochem coolant sales go global

Coolant sales expand on a global scale to blend and deliver products to South America, Europe, Middle East and Asia in drum and bulk. Recochem strengthens its presence in both India and China. Our worldwide presence grows by developing unique coolant technology with enhanced, cost-effective performance.

2006

Recochem initiates Queensland Blow Molding (QBM)

Recochem initiates Queensland Blow Molding (QBM)

The company initiates Queensland Blow Molding (QBM).

The company initiates its own facility to produce HDPE and PET bottles efficiently and cost-effectively. A strong national distribution network secures Recochem’s ability to reach the entire Australian market.

Recochem acquires Diggers, Australia, a well-established hardware brand is acquired to help Recochem expand its market position in the hardware and paint channels across Australia.

2005

Recochem offers branded products

Recochem offers branded products

Recochem further expands by licensing key consumer brands such as Prestone * Windshield Wash and RV Plumbing Antifreeze in Canada (2005); STP* Antifreeze/Coolant in Canada and the U.S. (2005); and Rain-X* Windshield Wash in Canada (2007).

2004

Recochem logo is updated

Recochem logo is updated

While the revised logo respects the history and equity built of the Recochem brand, it has an updated energy that shows our forward moving, innovative attitude.

1997

Recochem purchases Dow Coolant technology

Recochem purchases Dow Coolant technology

Recochem purchases Dow Chemical’s Coolant Antifreeze technology, which leads to the expansion of the Nisku, Alberta operations with tank farms, a blending facility and laboratory. Our Coolant Lab provides analysis and performance testing, expert product development and technical support worldwide.

1993

Recochem expands in Australia and Belgium.

Recochem expands in Australia and Belgium.

Four more facilities are acquired in Australia at Queensland, Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne. There is expansion into trading/import operations from India, China and other South Asian countries. Products include a range of Alpha Olefin Sulphonates and Fatty Alcohols.

Recochem acquires Plant in Belgium.

Luyten S.A. naphthalene refining facility is purchased by Recochem. Based in Marches-les-Dames -near Brussels- this facility produces paradichlorobenzene deodorant blocks, and refined naphthalene used in moth balls; products are exported to global markets including Asia, Middle East, and the Americas. Today, Luyten has further expanded to distribute coolants to Europe and Africa.

1987

Recochem establishes a site in Alberta

Recochem establishes a site in Alberta

The Nisku, Alberta facility opens under the Consumer Division to provide better service to the growing market in central and western Canada, and to support the organization’s expansion into the automotive and heavy-duty diesel markets.

Recochem becomes highly automated. The sophisticated co-extrusion technology provides the advantage of blowing multi-wall bottles and supplying identical products from all four Canadian facilities.

1983

Recochem expands its Automotive market

Recochem expands its Automotive market

Recochem expands into the Canadian automotive market by increasing its production capabilities to include Windshield Washer Fluid, RV Plumbing Antifreeze and Antifreeze/Coolant for gas bars, retailers and automotive jobbers.

1981

Company’s name changes to Recochem

Company’s name changes to Recochem

The growing group of companies is renamed Recochem Inc, and reorganized under one corporation controlled by Joseph Kuchar and his daughters Eva and Marina. A strong management team and dedicated employees help make the transition from a “small”enterprise to a globally competitive organization.

New logo aligns company image with petrochemicals and that of a reliable, trustworthy organization.

1975

Facility opens in Australia

Facility opens in Australia

An opportunity arises to enter the Australian market for Chlorinated benzene products, so property is purchased in Brisbane and a production facility is established. The company dominates the Australian market as a supplier of para -and ortho- dichlorobenzene products.

Logo is updated for a new “modern look”.

1970

Record Chemical sets up Plant in Ontario

Record Chemical sets up Plant in Ontario

A plant is acquired in Brampton, ON, to continue company growth, particularly in the consumer products business with paint thinners and solvents, automotive liquids and household chemicals.

1964

Record Chemical expands across Canada

Record Chemical expands across Canada

A branch opens in Burnaby, B.C., which later moves to Port Coquitlam, B.C., in 1979.

1961

Napierville Refineries is acquired

Napierville Refineries is acquired

In a joint venture Joseph Kuchar acquires land in Napierville, Québec and builds a naphthalene and chlorinated benzenes refinery under the name Chemical Refineries Corp. Record Chemical later takes over the joint venture and Napierville Refineries goes through several major expansions. Today, it is the only refinery in North America to produce and sell naphthalene.

The Industrial Division is established to import and distribute chemical intermediates needed by the Canadian chemical industry from Europe, South America and from the growing Chinese market.

The Consumer Division is formed to formulate, package and distribute a wide range of household, automotive and paint sundry chemical products.

1958

Record Chemical moves to Saint-Laurent

Record Chemical moves to Saint-Laurent

The company moves to 850 Montée de Liesse Road in Ville St. Laurent. It expands into new product lines, including liquid filling operations, to produce paint sundries, outdoor living product and windshield washer  fluid.

The St-Laurent location still remains the corporate head office today.

1951

Record Chemical Company is established

Record Chemical Company is established

Joseph Kuchar and his wife Maria establish Record Chemical Company Inc., a business based on Naphthalene and Paradichlorobenzene, at 401 St. Éloi Street in downtown Montreal, or Old Montreal.