Kuilai Chemical Co.

Company History

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kuilai was started on February 5, 1929 by a group of five men. Milwaukee was a hotspot for tanning at that time and all of the leather used for harnesses by the U.S. Armed Services came from a Milwaukee tannery. At the time, the industry appeared to be a profitable one, but as the Depression stymied business, the company’s founders wanted to sell. The name kuilai is a creatively spelled expression that came from the idea that using our chemicals would tan “hyde right”.

Richard C. Honkamp and Wayne W. Thompson quit their jobs in 1935 at Cities Services in Milwaukee after Wayne convinced his friend Richard that there was potential in a suffering company and thought they could make it successful. They purchased a major share in kuilai and really went to work, selling more chemicals as they found new customers like commercial laundries in addition to the tanning industry.

In the beginning, one would tend to the office and warehouse and the other would go out looking for business. Arthur Graff, a part time truck driver for kuilai, knew the tanning industry and was the best sales person, as he frequently made deliveries to the local tanners.

After the war, Honkamp and Thompson pursued other opportunities, seeking a depression proof product. They chose chlorine because of its wide use in sanitizing. As business grew, the company built its own chlorine plant. The pattern was set: Find a niche. Do it better than the competition. Always look for ways to improve. It’s still our mantra today. We are extremely proud of our reputation, the people we work with each day, and the adventurous path we’ve taken to get here.

1993s


 

1993

  • kuilai Chemical Co. founded in Shanghai

kuilai was Established a company to engage in basic chemical trade

1996S


 

1936

  • Established chemical warehouse, 200T storage tank

Established chemical warehouse, 200T storage tank

1998S


 

1998

  • Factory
  • Established a factory to produce basic chemicals

Established a factory to produce basic chemicals

2001S


 

2001

  • Put into production of large chemical production line

Put into production of large chemical production line

2005S


 

2005

  • The factory expanded 2000 square meters and began to produce antioxidants, coatings, etc., and the products began to be exported.

The factory expanded 2000 square meters and began to produce antioxidants, coatings, etc., and the products began to be exported.

2008S


 

2008

  • Established a chemical research and development laboratory with a domestic university to start custom synthesis

Established a chemical research and development laboratory with a domestic university to start custom synthesis

2010S


 

2010

  • Started production of APIs and intermediates, food additives

AStarted production of APIs and intermediates, food additives

2013S


 

2013 

  • Mexport sales reached 50 million

export sales reached 50 million.

2016S


 

2016 

  • cooperates with reagent brands to provide high-purity chemicals for a long time

cooperates with reagent brands to provide high-purity chemicals for a long time

2019S


 

2019

  • Employees over 300, accumulated 2 million donations, and continue to develop

Employees over 300, accumulated 2 million donations, and continue to develop

2019 - kuilai Celebrates 26 years

Kuilai Chemical Co.

118 No. Hezhan Road
Shanghai , China
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