Quaker Chemical Corporation
by Adam Marcum
We have a very diverse manufacturing industry throughout our service area, and it’s easy to take it for granted when we don’t fully understand the ways in which it impacts our daily lives.
If you depend on a car to get you to work, school, home or anywhere else in between, you may not realize that although that car wasn’t manufactured here in town, many of its components likely were.
While companies like AK Steel are responsible for developing many of the metals that eventually become those cars, companies like Quaker Chemical Corporation (“Quaker”) are responsible for developing the lubricants and coatings that make it all possible. In fact, Quaker products might touch your car as many as two dozen times!
Founded in 1918, Quaker Chemical Corporation now has 35 locations in 21 countries, with its largest manufacturing facility located at 3431 Yankee Road in Middletown, Ohio.
Quaker specializes in process fluids and chemical specialties for the manufacturing industry – solutions that are involved in producing everything from steel and aluminum rolls and long products to die cast parts and the production of beverage cans. The company also provides full-service support, from on-site application experts to a world-wide network of technical experts and chemists. Many of the largest names in aerospace, mining, and of course, automotive depend on Quaker’s products and technical expertise to ensure the quality, efficiency, and success of their own manufacturing operations.
Despite its massive scale, Quaker Middletown maintains a unique ability to respond quickly to customer needs; approximately 20 percent of all products are made to order and shipped in three days or less.
Craig Hladik, North American Director of Operations, knows that when you’re in this business and you run out of product, everything stops. “Our number one core value is our commitment to the customer. When someone runs out of product over the weekend, we provide the flexibility and timely response that they need to keep things moving.”
Here in Ohio, that local response seems to extend beyond the customer. The company has invested greatly in education and workforce development over the last few years, and has found a partner in the Chamber. Hladik is a Chamber board member and serves as co-chair of the Education/Career Paths task force. Craig said. “Quaker is grown rapidly, having made eight acquisitions over the last 11 years. We continue to be successful by building on the strengths of our teams, and caring for the local community is a part of that.”
In fact, perhaps that’s the biggest way in which businesses like Quaker can impact our daily lives.
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