Filo has been based in the New Jersey/New
York City area since it was formed. Through all the changes
that have affected the chemical industry, the company has been
remarkably stable in its modus operandi.
The consistency of the operations has been underscored by the
continuity of its management. Filo was managed by William J.
Higgins for 24 years, from 1969 until 1993. He was then
succeeded as Chief Executive Officer by Arne Gustafson, the owner of
Nyland Industries and a previous director of Nobel Industries.
Imports from overseas are typically in
full container loads. Some containers are delivered directly
to our customers, while others are shipped to one of the seven public
warehouses Filo has arrangements with around the country.
Sales from our warehouses are usually on an FOB basis. Filo
has a thorough knowledge of regulatory affairs and has a record of
assisting both its suppliers and customers in this area.
We have been headquartered on Broadway New
York City's Wall Street area since 1984. Filo sells
nationwide directly to its customers in most cases but on the West
Coast and in other areas, Filo also sells through stocking
distributors. Customer Service is handled at our headquarters
which processes the orders received from customers.
Filo competes primarily with large U.S.
manufacturers, with Filo representing some of the few available foreign
sources. Our product line is continuously developing, most
often through the requests of our customers.
The largest market for Filo's products is
in the organic chemical manufacturing industry which buys the Company's
chemical intermediates. Other major markets are the
pharmaceutical industry, resin and plasticizer manufacturers,
surfactant, detergent and cosmetic manufacturers, the paint and lacquer
industry, the ink industry, the textile market, and the metal treatment
industry. Filo has the bulk of its business in the
North-central, Mid-Atlantic, and Southeast regions of the U.S.