Pilot Chemical Co. recently announced it has received the 2014 Private Business of the Year Award in the 51+ Years in Business category from the University of Cincinnati (UC) Goering Center for Family and Private Business.

“This award represents a tremendous amount of work by our entire Pilot Chemical team and the loyalty of our customers,” said Pam Butcher, president and COO. “Pilot Chemical is successful because of our people, who believe in core values of safety, innovation, and pride in quality production, operational excellence, a focus on the bottom line, loyalty and ethical behavior.”

John Morrisroe founded the company in 1952, in Santa Fe Springs, Calif. As vice president of Research at Purex, Morrisroe invented ice-cold sulfonation (ICS) technology in 1951. He obtained a patent for the innovation and left Purex to begin his own company.

In 1972, his son Paul Morrisroe joined the company as an engineer, and in 2000 became the CEO. In 1995, the company moved its headquarters to Sharonville, Ohio. The third generation of the Morrisroe family is now employed at the company.

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