In 1925, Charles J. Haas and Harry Miller left E.F.
Houghton Company to form Haas Miller. They established a specialty
chemical manufacturer to serve the metalworking, steel, textile,
pulp and paper, and food processing industries.
During the 1950's Haas and Miller split their business
and the Charles J. Haas Company was formed. In 1975, the company
was acquired by Jack Fortin in a leveraged buyout. From 1975 to
1982, the company's primary focus was in the metalworking and steel
specialty chemical markets. In 1982, the company began to market
its products and services to automotive assembly plants in North
America. This new market led to the development of the first, economical
non-methylene chloride paint stripper in North America. As demand
grew for this and other similar products, the company expanded outside
the United States and founded Haas Corporation of Canada and Haas
Corporation of Mexico in 1986 and 1987 respectively. The Haas Corporation
quickly became a leader in paint booth maintenance products while
continuing to serve the metalworking and steel industries.
The 1990s saw a strategic shift in the automotive
market and the way customers purchased chemicals. As a result, the
Haas Corporation began to focus its sales efforts more towards managed
programs and away from volume chemical sales. This strategy was
the introduction to chemical management. In 1994, the company was
awarded its first comprehensive chemical management contract.
To meet the growing demands of chemical management,
Haas formed alliances and joint venture agreements throughout the
world to properly implement chemical management. As an example,
Haas FineChem Shanghai Co., Ltd. was formed for a chemical management
contract in China.
On October 1, 2002 Haas Corporation acquired the Total
Chemical Management business of Radian International LLC.; they
merged to form Haas TCM, the world's largest independent and most
diverse chemical management service (CMS) company. Headquartered
in West Chester, PA with over 300 employees, annual revenues of
$150 million and operations on three continents, Haas TCM currently
provides chemical lifecycle management services to customers in
the automotive, aerospace, electronics, semiconductors, defense,
metalworking, transportation and heavy manufacturing industries.
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