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 Chemical Service Corporation was incorporated in December 1963.
We began as a “mom and pop” organization.
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.
Sales were approximately $750,000.
In September 1968, Mr. Bob Hilleary began working for Webb and we grew to 6 employees.
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.
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.
On June 30, 1981, Mr. William White was tragically killed in an airplane accident.
Webb Chemical became owned entirely by the Hilleary family.
Sales grew to 11.8 million.
Sales grew to 17.8 million.
We built a 110,000 gallon solvent tank farm. This expansion increased our ability to strategically distribute organic chemicals.
Sales topped 22 million.
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.
Sales topped 32 million.
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.
Webb grew to 42 employees.
On December 31, 2009, Mr. Bob Hilleary retired from Webb Chemical and his children, Brad, Brook, and Mark, became owners.
Sales grew to over 60 million.
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.
Brad Hilleary purchased his siblings shares of the company and became the sole owner of Webb Chemical Service Corporation.