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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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