Company reflects on 100 years of service, and looks ahead to the future.
David Savastano, Editor05.15.17
It is extremely rare that a company can trace its history back a full century, and in the changing world of chemical distribution, it is even rarer. JNS-SmithChem’s roots go back to 1917, when Casper Smith formed Smith Chemical and Color Company, Inc. as an importer and exporter of iron oxide pigments for the cement and terrazzo industries.
Today, JNS-SmithChem specializes in resins, functional fillers and extenders, color pigments and additives, as well as a complete line of industrial packaging. While its largest market is paint and coatings, the company has grown substantially in the adhesives, plastics, rubber, building products, graphic arts, cosmetics, textiles and paper industries as well.
“We have a comprehensive line of products,” noted Michael Smith, co-president of the company along with Alan Newfield. “If you are making a coating, we offer everything, including the can to package it in.”
Over the years, the company has grown from its h
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