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History of Webb Chemical

Webb Chemical Service Corporation was founded in December 1963 by Mr. William Barger. Mr. Barger named the company “Webb” to represent each of his family member’s first names (William, Eve, Betsy, Bill). The values and commitments Mr. Barger held when he started Webb continue to be an integral part of how we operate today. One example: He owned his own fleet (one truck at the time) which enabled him to provide on-time and just-in-time deliveries. If a Webb customer has a chemical reaction going and is waiting on a chemical to be delivered to finish the process, on-time delivery is central to providing excellent customer service.

Webb Timeline

1963
Feb 05

1963

Webb Chemical Service Corporation was incorporated in December 1963.

We began as a "mom and pop" organization.

1964
Feb 05

1964

Clarence "Click" McMiller joined Webb as the first employee outside the Barger family.

All sales activities were in Muskegon and Whitehall.

Mr. Bob Hilleary began calling on Webb Chemical.

1968
Feb 05

1968

Webb operated out of a building on East Western Avenue that had wooden floors.

We operated without lift trucks, storage tanks, safety showers, and air conditioning.

Feb 05

1968

Sales were approximately $750,000.

In September 1968, Mr. Bob Hilleary began working for Webb and we grew to 6 employees.

1971
Feb 11

1971

Webb Chemical relocated to Jarman Street in Muskegon Heights, MI.

1973
Feb 11

1973

From late 1968 to 1973 Webb added additional drivers and warehouse employees.

Our sales territory expanded to include Grand Haven, Holland, and Grand Rapids.

Sales grew to 3 million.

Feb 11

1973

In May 1973, Mr. Barger sold Webb Chemical to Mr. William "Bill" White and Mr. Bob Hilleary.

Under their leadership, Webb expanded its sales territory down to Kalamazoo and Benton Harbor, and up to Traverse City.

1979
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1979

Between 1974 and 1979 Webb built 2 additional buildings to accommodate company growth. This expansion increased warehouse capacity and office space.

We also built our own tanker wash-out facility.

1981
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1981

On June 30, 1981, Mr. William White was tragically killed in an airplane accident.

Webb Chemical became owned entirely by the Hilleary family.

Feb 15

1981

Sales grew to 11.8 million.

1988
Feb 11

1988

Webb purchased land across Jarman Street and built a dry storage warehouse. This increased efficiency as employees no longer needed to travel to our off-site storage facility to fulfill orders.

Feb 15

1988

Sales grew to 17.8 million.

1991
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1991

We built a 110,000 gallon solvent tank farm. This expansion increased our ability to strategically distribute organic chemicals.

1994
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1994

Sales topped 22 million.

1995
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1995

Webb again increased office space to accommodate company growth.

Webb employed 30 employees during the late 1990's.

1996
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1996

Webb acquired the GTE building across the railroad tracks along Jarman Street and Sherman Blvd. This building and the surrounding land offered room for continued expansion.

1997
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1997

We expanded our rail spur to 3,000 feet.

2000
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2000

Sales topped 32 million.

2005
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2005

Webb Chemical has always been proud to serve as a chemical distributor in West Michigan. But, with the changing business landscape, we had to rethink our strategic approach to future growth.

We expanded our sales territory into Eastern Michigan.

2007
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2007

Webb grew to 42 employees.

2008
Feb 11

2008

Webb's next strategic initiative brought our daily LTL service into Indiana.

Sales topped 40 million.

Webb grew to 56 employees.

2009
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2009

On December 31, 2009, Mr. Bob Hilleary retired from Webb Chemical and his children, Brad, Brook, and Mark, became owners.

2012
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2012

Sales grew to over 60 million.

2013
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2013

Webb Chemical added a second location in Ft. Wayne, Indiana.

Feb 12

2013

We expanded our bulk tank farm at our Michigan location by 165,000 gallons. New bulk tank capacity is over 272,000 gallons.

2014
Feb 11

2014

We strategically expanded into NW Ohio.

Webb Chemical received the 2014 NACD Responsible Distribution Excellence Award.

We hosted a 50th Anniversary celebration and open house.

2015
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2015

Sales grew to over 66 million and our team grew to 85 employees.

Our sales territory includes deliveries via Webb's fleet of equipment in Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio. We serve customers throughout the United States with third-party carrier partnerships.

Feb 11

2015

Brad Hilleary purchased his siblings shares of the company and became the sole owner of Webb Chemical Service Corporation.

Safety, Quality Products, Superior Customer Service

Safety, Quality Products, Superior Customer Service

Since 1963, Webb Chemical Service Corporation has been growing value for our customers, employees, and community. We are dedicated to safety, quality products, and superior customer service. We are committed to the Guiding Principles of Responsible Distribution®.

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