Chemical Incorporated celebrated its 60th anniversary in
2007. The Company was formed in 1947 as Filo Color &
Chemical Corporation, an off-shoot of a chemical company called
Fidelity Color Works, from which the name Filo is derived.
the early 50's, Filo was the primary importer and distributor of Iron
Blue for printing inks and carbon paper. By the 1960's, Filo
had transformed itself into an importer and distributor of specialty
chemicals from major European manufacturers, representing companies
like DeGussa on Ferrocyanides and William Blythe on Copper
During the 1970's Filo broadened its
product line, adding suppliers such as Albright & Wilson (now
Rhodia) and British Tar in the UK, MoDo Kemi (later Berol Kemi and now
part of Akzo Nobel), Neste (now Perstorp) and Karlshamn in Sweden, Kali
Chemie (now Solvay), Unichema and Huls (now Degussa) in Germany and UCB
in Belgium. Filo still distributes products from many of
these same suppliers, including Rhodia, Perstorp, Solvay, and Degussa.
Berol Kemi of Sweden became the successor
to MoDo Kemi. Filo's growing sales of Berol's Ethylene Amines
soon made Berol the largest supplier to Filo. In 1982, when
Filo's owners decided to sell the business, Berol acquired its U.S.
distributor. Subsequently, when Berol and its parent company
Kema Nobel were acquired by Bofors (which later became Nobel
Industries), the new management decided in 1989 that it did not want to
be in the distribution business and Filo was sold to Nyland Industries
Filo today is a leading importer of
foreign and specialty chemicals. The Company emphasizes its
proven ability to supply hard-to-find chemicals on a global basis.