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February 7, 1988 | By Bill Miller, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chemical companies traditionally have been tight-lipped in dealing with the public, but the growing concern over environmental and safety dangers has brought about a new openness in the way they treat local communities. Across the nation, companies have become more revealing about their processes and products. One of the latest examples is unfolding in Bridesburg, where Rohm & Haas Co. is recruiting citizens for a new advisory committee. Within the last two years, the company initiated similar committees for people who live near its plants in Bristol and Louisville, Ky. The idea in those locales and in Bridesburg is to create a vehicle in which citizens can get answers to concerns and pass along news to their neighbors, officials said.
BUSINESS
June 7, 1987 | By Ron Wolf, Inquirer Staff Writer
J. Lawrence Wilson, vice chairman of Rohm & Haas Co., noticed late last year that his sales department received an unusual order. For the first time since the Japanese launched their assault on the U.S. auto market, a carmaker in Japan is buying a particular plastic from his Philadelphia-based company. As a result, Rohm & Haas now exports acrylic molding powder to Japan. The material is used in making taillights for cars that are shipped back to the United States. For Wilson, that order reflects a satisfying turnaround in the competitive position of Rohm & Haas.
BUSINESS
March 22, 2000 | By Wendy Tanaka, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It started with the automakers a few weeks ago. Now, other "Old Economy" industries are welcoming the e-commerce revolution. Yesterday, a consortium of about 20 oil and chemical companies - including Sunoco Chemicals, Rohm & Haas Co., and Hercules Inc. - announced plans to launch an online business-to-business site called Envera. The goal of the site, which is scheduled to be up and running this fall, is to save time and money for oil and chemical companies and their customers by streamlining the product order and delivery process.
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September 7, 1989 | By Marian Uhlman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Three large chemical companies said yesterday that they would stop selling a widely used class of fungicide for use on many types of fruits and vegetables because the substance was suspected of causing cancer. Rohm & Haas Co. and Pennwalt Corp., both of Philadelphia, and the Du Pont Co. of Wilmington said they were taking the unusual step to maintain public confidence about the safety of food treated with ethylene bidithiocarbamate (EBDC), a chemical used to kill mold on fresh fruits and vegetables.
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April 4, 1994 | By Christine Lutton, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The police officers and firefighters stood in the shadow of the Tacony- Palmyra Bridge, watching out of the corner of their eyes as tanker trucks began their long climb toward Philadelphia. And in the back of their minds was the thought that someday they might have to rush to the rescue if one of those tankers overturned. For Chief William M. King, head of the Burlington County Bridge Commission Police, that thought was sobering enough for him to ask area chemical companies last week to help train the bridge officers and emergency personnel from surrounding communities to respond to accidents involving hazardous materials.
BUSINESS
December 20, 2000 | By Andrea Knox, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Rohm & Haas Co. has joined the parade of companies issuing earnings warnings, saying yesterday that its fourth-quarter profit would fall short of already lowered estimates. The specialty chemical-maker said it now expects to earn 29 cents to 34 cents a share, a dip from the 35 cents recently estimated by analysts polled by First Call/Thomson Financial Corp., a Boston firm that tracks earnings announcements. In October, Rohm & Haas jettisoned its target of 47 cents a share, saying business would be affected by slowing sales and rising energy costs.
NEWS
July 6, 1988 | Daily News Wire Services
Disabled Vietnam veterans exposed to Agent Orange will begin receiving their share of a $240 million settlement early next year, according to a distribution plan issued yesterday in Brooklyn Federal Court. U.S. District Judge Jack B. Weinstein announced plans yesterday for handing out the settlement money, which was freed after the U.S. Supreme Court last week removed the last legal obstacle in the lengthy Agent Orange litigation. Cash payments and other benefits could be available early next year, according to the distribution agreement.
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June 25, 1990 | By Scott Heimer, Daily News Staff Writer
The cleanup of drums containing hazardous materials at a Kensington warehouse has become far more extensive than originally planned, according to a Department of Environmental Resources spokeswoman. "It now involves 350 55-gallon drums and other containers. Our original estimate was 150," DER spokeswoman Barbara Sherf said. The warehouse, on Front Street near Norris, has been under DER inspection since June 2, Sherf said. It is owned by Jack Weiss and his son, Norman, of Philadelphia, and the hazardous materials were put there by Perry Nelson, of Cedar Avenue near 49th Street, Sherf said.
BUSINESS
March 23, 1986 | By Ron Wolf, Inquirer Staff Writer
For the chemical industry nationally, and for most of the large chemical producers with headquarters in this region, 1985 was a year of disappointing financial performance. Earnings fell 22 percent for the Du Pont Co., 32 percent for Hercules Inc. and 18 percent for Rohm & Haas Co. Pennwalt Corp. finished the year with a loss. Though the the economy generally was considered to be in a period of recovery, profits for all U.S. chemical manufacturers fell 18 percent. But after a tough year, the sixth in a row for the industry, chemical companies finally may be on the verge of better times.
BUSINESS
July 29, 2003 | By Harold Brubaker INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Economic weakness around the globe hampered quarterly results at two major Philadelphia-area chemical manufacturers. Air Products & Chemical Inc. and Rohm & Haas Co. reported steep declines yesterday in net income in the April-to-June quarter, said they were eliminating hundreds of jobs, and warned that the second half of the year offered, at best, modest growth. "For the last couple of years, everybody has been saying that the second half is going to be stronger," said Rohm & Haas CEO Raj Gupta.
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June 25, 2014 | By Tom Avril, Inquirer Staff Writer
Quick! Calculate the half-life of a radioactive isotope, given a series of Geiger counter readings. Name a hydrocarbon based on its number of carbon atoms and a description of the chemical bonds. Spit out the number of neutrons in an isotope of tungsten. Tricky for most adults whose high school chemistry class was long ago. But what about Audrey Gallier, who has yet to take it? Easy as evaporating water, apparently. At the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts on Monday, the 12-year-old from Brookfield, Ill., correctly answered brain-buster after brain-buster to win the national You Be The Chemist Challenge, a chemistry-quiz contest for grades five through eight.
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March 20, 2013 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
THE TIDE WAS going out in Paulsboro, and from Gary Stevenson's kitchen table a few geese could be seen hugging the bank of Mantua Creek, just beyond the inky eddies swirling out toward the Delaware River. Stevenson's spacious, new home about 20 yards from the creek, on land his family has owned for generations, might provide the best view in town. And when a distant rumble grows closer, when vibrations rise through your shoes and a hulking form appears just beyond the back deck, the scene viewed from the kitchen becomes a perfect picture of life in Paulsboro.
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February 20, 2013 | By James Osborne, Inquirer Staff Writer
Thirty years after the New Jersey Legislature created an independent body to determine limits on pollutants in tap water, there is growing concern about its future. The Drinking Water Quality Institute - whose schedule is determined by the state Department of Environmental Protection - has not met in more than two years following a fight over tightening limits on industrial chemicals. And legislation has been introduced that would add representatives of industrial and chemical companies to the board and press the institute to consider industry-funded research in its decision making.
NEWS
July 28, 2012
A federal judge in Philadelphia sentenced Nupro Industries Corp. to three years' probation and a $200,000 fine for criminally tampering with samples of the wastewater it was discharging into Philadelphia's sewer system in 2006 and 2007, U.S. Attorney Zane David Memeger and EPA Special Agent-in-Charge David G. McLeod Jr. said. The chemical manufacturer, which pleaded guilty in March, was founded in 1873 and has two plants in Philadelphia's Port Richmond section. Peter Shtompil, NuPro's director of operations at the company when the infractions occurred, is scheduled for sentencing Aug. 10. - Harold Brubaker
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April 24, 2012 | By Kathy Boccella, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
John Fortin, 89, who bought a small chemical manufacturer in North Philadelphia and turned it into a major chemical supply-chain management company, died Friday, April 20, of complications from a stroke at his home in Hershey's Mill in West Chester. "He lived a full life. He didn't get cheated," said his son, Thaddeus J. Fortin, chief executive officer of Haas Group International. In 1975, Mr. Fortin, then a salesman with Quaker Chemical in Conshohocken, bought Charles J. Haas in North Philadelphia, which had about $150,000 in revenue and three employees.
NEWS
July 30, 2011 | By Sally A. Downey, Inquirer Staff Writer
Edward Joseph Knorr, 79, formerly of Boothwyn, a retired owner of Advanced Chemicals Inc., died of Alzheimer's disease Monday, July 25, at Fair Acres Geriatric Center in Lima. After a career in sales with General Electric Co. and ITE Corp., Mr. Knorr established Advanced Chemicals in 1965. The Upper Darby firm initially produced lubricating oil and grease. It later manufactured powdered pigments and dyes for paints and cosmetics. He retired in 2003. Mr. Knorr grew up in Fairmount.
NEWS
June 23, 2011
A division of EMD Chemicals Inc. will move its North American headquarters to Tinicum Township, creating 35 jobs within five years, the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development said today. EMD's performance materials unit will relocate from Gibbstown, Camden County, with the help of $595,000 in Pennsylvania state grants and job-creation tax credits. In addition to the new jobs, 65 current employees will move to the new site. The company makes chemicals used in the pharmaceutical, coatings, cosmetics, food, printing and other industries.
NEWS
January 20, 2011 | By Joelle Farrell, Inquirer Staff Writer
The U.S. Attorney's Office on Wednesday charged a Marcus Hook chemical company with violating the Clean Water Act for discharging tainted water into the Marcus Hook Creek, a tributary to the Delaware. Employees of Chemical Equipment Labs Inc., on Walnut Street, routinely rinsed plastic containers that had previously held chemicals, then discharged the wastewater into a drain in a bathroom that led to the sewer system, according to a federal criminal complaint. The company sells and distributes chemicals, including pool chemicals, ice-melting products, and oil absorbents.
BUSINESS
July 12, 2008 | By Joseph N. DiStefano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Heralding more deals in the specialty-chemical business, Hercules Inc. of Wilmington was sold yesterday for $2.6 billion, a day after Philadelphia's Rohm & Haas Co. was sold for $18.8 billion. If shareholders approve the sale of Hercules to Ashland Inc. of Covington, Ky., and Rohm & Haas to Dow Chemical Co. of Midland, Mich., the region will lose two major company headquarters and some headquarters job, while sparking deal interest across the industry. "With Hercules-Ashland and Rohm & Haas-Dow we're getting the ball rolling," said Robert Felice, analyst at Gabelli & Co., the brokerage affiliate of Gamco Investors Inc., one of Hercules' largest shareholders.
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