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DuBois Acquires Blue Star

June 26th, 2017 - DuBois has acquired Blue Star Lubrication Technology based in Schaumburg, Illinois. Blue Star primarily serves the needs of the general manufacturing, steel, cement, mining and automotive industries. The company provides customers with high performance industrial lubricants and metalworking fluids. Blue Star combines top quality products with experienced technical support to customers throughout the United States and Canada.


DuBois Receives Patent for Neutra Solve

January 18th, 2017 - DuBois Chemicals has been granted a patent for its Neutra Solve™ line of cleaners.  
The Neutra Solve line of products are solvent blend cleaners specifically designed to match the properties of contaminants found in recycled paper fiber.  Manufactures of recycled paper products can experience significant manufacturing challenges from hot melts and adhesives composed of polyvinyl acetate, styrene acrylic, styrene butadiene, latex and similar materials. Typical solvent based cleaners do not have properties ideally matched to these contaminants and are often used in excess to be effective. The unique blend of solvents in Neutra Solve is much more efficient in removing these soils.

“Neutra Solve products can be used by tissue, paperboard, and paper manufactures to remove recycled contaminants from the machine fabrics, rolls, and other surfaces” says John Schwamberger, Paper Chemicals Product Line Manager. “It will allow these manufacturers to better remove these contaminants, use less solvent, and reduce total volatile organic content (VOC) emissions.”


2017 Trade Shows

December 12, 2016 - Please visit DuBois at the following trade shows:


2016 Trade Shows

March 18, 2016 - Please visit DuBois at the following trade shows:


DuBois Acquires Lynx Enterprises

January 15, 2016 - DuBois Chemicals has completed the acquisition of Lynx Enterprises Inc. based in Hamilton, Ohio.

Lynx Enterprises is an elite manufacturer of specialty cleaners and metal finishing solutions serving manufacturing customers in the Midwest. Lynx innovative dispensing and application methods provided unique value adding differentiation which enhances customers’ operations.


2015 Trade Shows

August 6, 2015 - Please visit DuBois at the following trade shows:


DuBois Acquires C.A.R.

July 1, 2015 - DuBois Chemicals, Inc. has completed the acquisition of C.A.R. (Complete Auto Restoration) based in Holyoke, Massachusetts.

C.A.R. is an innovative manufacturer of cleaning and detail products for the automobile market. C.A.R has been effectively developing products and growing their business over the past 25 years in the northeast United States and globally. C.A.R. has built a solid reputation in the tunnel wash segment and has created a unique and powerful line of detail products sold to car care professionals.


DuBois Acquires Heatbath

May 3, 2015 - DuBois Chemicals has completed the acquisition of Heatbath Corporation/Park Metallurgical based in Indian Orchard, MA. The acquisition combines DuBois paint pretreatment, cleaning and metalworking expertise with Heatbath’s innovative and proven heat treating and metal finishing proficiency. The Heatbath acquisition extends and significantly enhances the full range of cleaning and process chemical solutions that DuBois delivers to a diverse range of manufacturing customers.

In a statement, Jeff Welsh, CEO of DuBois Chemicals, noted “With the addition of the expertise, products and services of Heatbath, DuBois is uniquely positioned with the most comprehensive metalworking, heat treating, metal finishing and paint pretreatment solution offering of any supplier in the market. We expect to present many new solutions to support our mutual customers with broadened technology, innovative products and application know-how.”


Upcoming Trade Shows

April 10, 2015 - Please visit DuBois at the following trade shows:

  • ISA – Cleveland, OH, April 27, 2015 Booth: 161
  • The Powder Coating Show – Louisville, KY, May 6-7, 2015  Booth: 107
  • FABTECH Mexico – Monterrey Mexico, May 5-7, 2015 Booth: 3132
  • EASTEC – West Springfield, MA, May 12-14, 2015Booth: 3315

DuBois Launches PACRE Paint Pretreatment Innovation

December 5, 2014 - DuBois Chemicals announces the launch of PACRE – a patent pending, nontoxic, organic, micro paint pretreatment.

PACRE has the flexibility to manage a wide variety of metals and parts, and improve line density by expanding the capability of existing paint pretreatment equipment. Create a lean paint pretreatment process with PACRE.


DuBois Acquires American Finishing Resources (AFR)

November 7, 2014 - DuBois Chemicals has completed the acquisition of American Finishing Resources in Chilton, WI. The acquisition combines DuBois paint pretreatment expertise with AFR’s coating line fixtures, material handling and coating removal solutions to reduce total cost and provide quality improvements for customers. The AFR acquisition will expand the service, chemical solutions and lean manufacturing capabilities that DuBois and AFR currently provide to customers.

Jeff Welsh, CEO of DuBois Chemicals, states “AFR services premier U.S. manufacturers in the transportation, agricultural, consumer products, appliance, telecommunications, lawn and garden and surface finishing industries. With the talents, products and services of AFR, DuBois is uniquely positioned as having the most comprehensive manufacturing and paint line offering of any competitor in the market.”


DuBois Acquires Angler Industries

August 4, 2014 - DuBois Chemicals has completed the acquisition of Angler Industries based in Sterling, CT.  The acquisition is a natural extension of the DuBois strategy to provide complete cleaning, metalworking and surface treatment solutions for its diverse industrial customer base. The Angler Industries acquisition will increase the DuBois market share in the Northeast while expanding access to Angler’s metalworking fluids and specialty cleaning products to a broad international market. It also expands the company’s manufacturing and laboratory capabilities.

Jeff Welsh, CEO of DuBois Chemicals, states “we have great respect and admiration for the business and reputation developed by Angler Industries and we are very pleased to have such an excellent opportunity to invest and grow in the Northeast.  We look forward to continuing and building upon Angler’s well earned reputation for outstanding customer support in their targeted markets.”


DuBois at 2014 Powder Coating Show

July 16, 2014 - DuBois will be exhibiting at booth 629 at the 2014 Powder Coating Show September 16-18 in Indianapolis, IN. Here's some more information:


DuBois Auto Wash Upcoming Trade Shows

June 16, 2014 - Visit DuBois at the following trade shows:


DuBois Exhibiting at Upcoming Paper Trade Shows

February 26, 2014 - Come visit DuBois at the following trade shows:


DuBois Named to 2013 Deloitte Cincinnati USA 100

February 14, 2014 - DuBois Chemicals was recently named to the 2013 Deloitte Cincinnati USA 100. The prestigious award recognizes privately held businesses for their tremendous economic and civic contributions to the community. Jeff Welsh attended the luncheon to accept the award.


Upcoming DuBois Trade Shows

October 7, 2013 - DuBois will be exhibiting at several trade shows this fall. Here are a few of them:

  • Coating 2013: October 8-10, St. Louis, Missouri, Booth 406
  • South-tec 2013: October 29-31, Greenville, South Carolina, Booth 624
  • Fabtech 2013: November 18-21, Chicago, Illinois, Booth S5353

If you would like free expo passes, register at www.fabtechexpo.com and use promo code FBGUEST.


Metal Finishing Guidebook Technical Article

January 7, 2013 - DuBois has written a technical article called Non-Phosphate Transition Metal Coating which has been published in the 2012/2013 Metal Finishing Guidebook.  The Guidebook, often referred to as the industry bible, contains a wealth of technical articles covering virtually every aspect of surface finishing. The Guidebook is an indispensable resource for both job and captive finishing shops and covers all aspects of paint, powder coating, and e-coating as well as pretreatment and surface preparation. 


DuBois Community Involvement

October 4, 2012 - Recently, DuBois donated 5,940 gallons of Neutral General Purpose Cleaner to Matthew 25: Ministries (M25M); they are experts at distributing donations around the world.  M25M has worked in over fifty impoverished countries and in disaster areas in North America.  They were one of the largest contributors of aid to Hurricane Katrina victims.  Examples of materials donated include; first aid supplies, personal care products, school supplies, clothing, cleaning products, and even paint.  The Neutral General Purpose Cleaner donated to M25M will be used for cleaning which will help decrease illness in impoverished areas. Our DuBois family worked together to reformulate, manufacture, and deliver an easy-to-use, effective, and safe cleaner.  The totes that carry the cleaner will also be reused by the local communities to collect rain water for irrigation, washing, and drinking.  DuBois has been donating materials to M25M for the past few years, and we are proud to keep this relationship going.  A special thanks goes to Cass Kutylowski for initiating this major donation! 


Zirconization in the Spotlight

August 3, 2012 - Zirconization, DuBois Chemicals cutting edge phosphate-free pretreatment technology, will be featured in both Metal Finishing and Products Finishing magazines this month.  Take a moment to read about one of our company’s most successful innovations.


Kolberg-Pioneer, Inc. Embraces Zirconization

June 15, 2012 - As part of its mission to be eco-friendly whenever possible, Kolberg-Pioneer, Inc. (KPI-JCI) is taking a step in the right direction by implementing a sustainable state-of-the-art pretreatment and coating process on certain equipment parts that maximizes performance while minimizing the impact on the environment. The new pretreatment process uses Zirconization™, a patented water-based, low-temperature pretreatment technology based on highly corrosion-resistant materials that are free of solvents, phosphates and heavy metals.

Kolberg-Pioneer didn’t stop with simply improving the pretreatment process, according to Bruce Dunham, marketing/technical manager for DuBois Chemicals Surface Finishing Sector. The company also installed a state-of-the-art coating system capable of applying and curing a powder coating versus a liquid paint. This coating system not only enhances the appearance of the equipment, but also protects it from the elements that cause corrosion, thus maximizing the product’s useful life.

“If you have ever used a can of spray paint, you are familiar with the strong solvent odor,” Dunham said. “When used on an industrial level, solvent-based liquid paints can add cost associated with environmental and health and safety monitoring and reporting. Kolberg-Pioneer has mitigated these issues by specifying a powder coating that provides a durable, corrosion-resistant coating to protect its customer’s investment.”


DuBois Acquires Galaxy Associates

April 4, 2012 - DuBois has acquired Galaxy Associates, another Cincinnati-based provider of specialty chemicals solutions.  The companies are not merely geographically close; they share similar products and serve many of the same end markets.

Galaxy provides specialty chemicals such as metalworking fluids, process chemistries, conversion coatings, sealing rinses, and cleaners. The company has built its reputation through its Industrial, Pulp & Paper, and Transportation divisions, each of which provides products to a specific customer set. The company was founded in 2002, by legendary Cincinnati entrepreneur and philanthropist, Mel Fisher. 

DuBois CEO Jeff Welsh is excited about the unique solutions that Galaxy and DuBois can provide to their customers. “Galaxy is a truly great entrepreneurial company,” said Welsh. “The complementary nature of our cultures, products and end markets will allow us to deliver a breadth of solutions that exceed our customer’s expectations. It’s a really natural fit for our marketplace. Together we offer thousands of innovative specialty chemical solutions that we can deliver with creative passion and expertise.”


DuBois Acquires Mitco

March 28, 2011 - DuBois has acquired Mitco, Inc., a Grand Rapids, Michigan manufacturer of specialty chemical water and wastewater management products. 

Founded in 1949, Mitco provides a strong line of wastewater, boiler water and cooling tower treatment chemical solutions for companies in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio and others across the greater Midwest. 

DuBois CEO Jeff Welsh is enthusiastic about this acquisition and the added value that the combined organization can bring to its customers, noting that “Since 1949, Mitco has built an outstanding reputation for problem-solving and delivering results.  Integrating their capabilities into the DuBois organization will allow us to provide more innovative solutions to more completely meet our customers’ needs.”

Justin Mitchell, President of Mitco, adds, “We at Mitco are proud of what we have built over the past 62 years, and are excited about our association with DuBois, a formidable and growing force in the industrial specialty chemicals industry.  Our companies share a deep commitment to customer service and to providing cleaner, more efficient and profitable facilities for our customers.”


DuBois Acquires Perkins Products

December 17, 2010 - DuBois has acquired Perkins Products, a Bedford, Illinois manufacturer of industrial lubricants. 

Founded in 1983, Perkins develops, manufactures, and supplies a complete line of quality, competitively priced lubricants and metalworking products for the manufacturing industry. It will continue to operate as “Perkins Products” using its existing facility.

DuBois CEO Jeff Welsh is enthusiastic about the combined company. “Combining our respective products lines, technical service and innovation capabilities will enable us to bring more value to our customers than either company could deliver separately,” said Welsh. “Perkins is a great match for DuBois and will play a prominent role in our growth strategy in the coming years.”

Dick Perkins, President of Perkins Products, adds, “We are excited about our partnership with DuBois. Our two companies have similar cultures and spirit, and share a deep commitment to customer service.”


Treo DfE Products

May 18, 2010 - DuBois proudly announces that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized DuBois as a partner in their Design for the Environment (DfE) Safer Product Labeling program on March 22, 2010. The first DuBois products from this partnership are Treo Neutral Floor Cleaner and Treo General Purpose Cleaner. These cleaners are formulated with readily biodegradable surfactants and contain no harmful solvents, phosphates, or HAPs. These two products carry the E.P.A.'s DfE logo and are recognized for safer chemistry and help ensure a safe workplace.

DfE is a voluntary partnership program of the E.P.A. that began in 1992. The program encourages manufacturers to formulate products which reduce risk to users and to the environment, while preventing and reducing the use of chemicals of concern. DfE recognizes products which are effective and exhibit safer chemistry. Becoming a partner with the E.P.A. in the DfE program encourages DuBois to continually improve their products.


DuBois Partners with Pyosa

February 16, 2010 - DuBois announces a partnership with Pyosa SA de CV to develop the metal finishing market in Mexico.

“We are very excited to partner with Pyosa to service the metal finishing market in Mexico.  DuBois brings a substantial range of leading edge products including metal cleaners and coating pretreatment, specialty lubricants, metal working fluids and maintenance / general purpose cleaners to combine with Pyosa’s strong national presence and reputation for high quality service and technical support” said Blair Imbody, DuBois VP – International.   

Pyosa, SA de CV is a Mexican company with over 70 years of experience in the international fine chemicals market. It meets the needs of a diversified group of clients in industrial markets such as inks, textiles, coatings, plastics, leather, paper, fuels, detergents, car batteries, TV tubes, agrochemicals and other diverse chemicals intermediaries. Pyosa has a broad network of facilities in Mexico with operations in Mexico City, Guadalajara, Leon, Puebla and Monterrey.


DuPulse Receives Patent

October 16, 2009 - DuBois is pleased to announce that it has been granted a U.S. patent for our DuPulse™ Technology titled, “Press Stable Method of Cleaning Paper Machine Press Fabrics On-the-Run” (Patent no. 7,597,782).

DuPulse has provided benefits to many paper machines across North America. It has been demonstrated to provide conditions in the press section that are more stable during cleaning than other press felt cleaning method. It has also been able to reduce the heated fresh water use on some machines. In one instance press section water use was reduced by more than 1.5 million gallons per month. Some customers have also documented higher solids leaving the press section, which can provide significant energy savings in the dryer section as well as fewer breaks.

DuPulse technology also offers enhanced worker safety while cleaning machine fabrics, due to its use of low chemical concentrations needed to remove soil contaminants.


Neutra Shield for Paper Mills

October 6, 2009 - DuBois announces the launch of its Neutra Shield™ chemistry. The product is a surface modifier for paper machine forming wires, press felts, rolls, and other surfaces. Unlike traditional barrier coatings, the product is neutrally charged. Problems with cationic products such as build-up on wires, drainage impairment, and variability in performance can be eliminated with this new technology.


Ultrex Plus PBB for Cooling Tower Water Treatment

May 20, 2009 - DuBois has just introduced Ultrex Plus PBB, an innovative drum-free water treatment program for cooling tower systems.       

Ultrex Plus PBB, a concentrated powder, is designed for superior corrosion and scale control and when used in conjunction with a bio-control program provides a clean heat transfer system.  The program leads to lower energy, water and maintenance costs along with extended equipment life.  The drum-free package is also much easier and less costly to ship, handle and inventory.  DuBois offers a calculator to show the total cost of operation savings, and carbon and water footprint reduction at customer facilities.


DuBois Acquires Blendco

April 2, 2009 - Blendco Systems, LLC is now a wholly owned subsidiary of DuBois Chemicals. Based in Bristol, Pa., Blendco has manufactured detergents, polishes and protectants for the carwash industry for more than 30 years.

The companies will combine efforts between Blendco’s carwash detergent strategies and DuBois’ “large vehicle” wash business, including trucks, trains and buses. The combined business will operate under the leadership of Laurie Sherman and Brent McCurdy, Blendco’s management team. Blendco will continue to market offerings under its company and product brand names, Sherman said.

“In Blendco, we see many of the same qualities that built DuBois Chemicals into the leading company that it is today,” said Jeff Welsh, DuBois Chemicals CEO. “We are impressed by Blendco’s innovative two component SuperSat and Tunnel Vision detergents and its robust distributor network.”

“We are excited about this new chapter for Blendco,” McCurdy said. “Not only will we instantly increase our stake in transportation cleaning with the addition of the truck wash business, we will be able to leverage DuBois Chemicals’ manufacturing skills, extensive R&D, and deep commitment to technical customer service.”


DuBois Earns Recognition as a John Deere “Partner-Level Supplier” for 3rd Year in a Row

March 9, 2009 - For the third consecutive year, DuBois has earned recognition as a Partner-Level Supplier in the 2008 John Deere Achieving Excellence Program. The Partner-Level status is Deere & Company’s highest supplier rating. DuBois was selected for the honor in recognition of its dedication to providing products and service of outstanding quality as well as its commitment to continuous improvement.

DuBois President Jeff Welsh along with DuBois Representatives Al Matthews and Chris Collier accepted the award during formal ceremonies held February 17th in Davenport, Iowa.


DuraTEC is ACT Test Panel Standard for Zirconium

October 3, 2008 - DuBois, working with ACT Test Panel Technologies, has produced a new “standard” paint pretreatment/metal surface finishing test panel.

The panels are coated with the new DuBois non-phosphate, low temperature “Zirconization” paint pretreatment process. The DuraTEC process, which is zirconium based, is a high performing alternative to traditional iron phosphate conversion coatings that can be applied via traditional spray washer, immersion or spray wand.

“DuraTEC represents our continuing commitment to offer customers sustainable products that will not only improve their environmental profile, but will lower their total cost,” said DuBois Surface Finishing Products Manager, Dave Schimpff. “We are proud to be associated with ACT, a true leader in providing test panels and services to the manufacturing industry.”


U.S. EPA Releases Case Study on DuBois and Steelcase

May 14, 2008 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently released a lean manufacturing case study on DuBois Chemicals and Steelcase, a global leader in the office furniture industry. DuBois developed and implemented process improvements for the paint pretreatment system at a Steelcase Grand Rapids, Mich. plant that led to significant reductions in energy, labor, and water usage and environmental impact. As a result of the successful trial, Steelcase and DuBois have been integrating these process improvements in facilities across North America.


DuBois Launches New Zirconization Process – DuraTEC 100

March 14, 2008 - DuBois has launched a new process called Zirconization for paint pretreatment and surface finishing systems. This new process uses a new product, DuraTEC 100, which is a patent-pending metal pretreatment replacement for iron phosphate.


DuBois earns recognition as a John Deere “Partner-level Supplier”

February 21, 2008 - The Partner-level status is Deere & Company’s highest supplier rating. This is the second year in a row that DuBois has received this award from John Deere.