About Pilot Chemical

Pilot Chemical Company is a privately owned and independent global specialty chemical company providing high quality products and services to the disinfecting, sanitizing and cleaning; metalworking and lubricants; oil field and emulsion polymerization industries. Its proprietary core technologies involve alkylation, sulfonation, sulfation and a number of other specialty operations, including the production of biocidal quats, tertiary amine derivatives and organometallic fuel additives. Pilot, an industry leader in chemical innovation and safety, owns the most state-of-the-art continuous sulfation process in North America, is a leader in quaternary ammonium compounds, and is the world’s largest manufacturer of disulfonates. Pilot is certified under the American Chemistry Council’s Responsible Care® program. Pilot Chemical Company is headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio.


A Historic look at Pilot Chemical Company

1951:   John Morrisroe invents Ice-Cold Sulfonation (ICS) Technology and applies for a patent. A year later, Mr. Morrisroe founded Pilot Chemical Company and opened the Santa Fe Springs, California, facility.

Expanding Into New Territory

  • 1963: Lockland, Ohio
  • 1968: Avenel, New Jersey
  • 1973: Houston, TX - Alkylation technology is introduced
  • 1985: Middletown, Ohio
  • 2016: New Waverly, Texas
  • 2017: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

1988:   Enters the emulsion polymerization market 

              Peter Morrisroe named Chairman & CEO

              Paul Morrisroe named President & COO

1993:   Enters the personal care market

              Begins selling internationally

1995:   Air/SO3 sulfation technology introduced

1999:   Peter Morrisroe retires

2000:   Paul Morrisroe named Chairman & President

2002:   50th Anniversary

2005:   Consolidates corporate accounting, sales, customer service and technical functions under one roof 

              Relocates corporate headquarters to Cincinnati, Ohio

2006:   Expands drying capability in Avenel, New Jersey, facility

2007:   Implements new company-wide IT system 

              Launches new corporate logo and website

2008:   Expands alkylation and distillation capacity in Houston, Texas 

              Expands sulfonation capacity in Middletown, Ohio 

              Acquires the business aspects of Intertrade Holding Inc.

2010:   Pamela Butcher named President & COO 

              Paul Morrisroe becomes Chairman & CEO

2011:   Launches a World-Class Safety program.

2012:   60th Anniversary 

              Acquires Mason Chemical Company to enter the biocidal quat industry

2015:   Paul Morrisroe retires as CEO 

              Pamela Butcher named CEO

2016:   Acquires Liquid Minerals Group, Inc., to enter the organometallic fuel additives market 

              Pamela Butcher retires as CEO and joins the Board of Directors 

              Michael Scott named President

              Attains certification under the American Chemistry Council’s Responsible Care® program

2017:   Acquires ATRP Solutions, Inc., to expand its proprietary technologies in the oil field chemicals, lubricant additives and paints and coatings markets