Servicing the rubber, thermoplastics and other polymer-related industries for more than 80 years, Harwick Standard is a management-owned and operated sales, marketing, and technical support organization headquartered in Akron, Ohio.
Harwick Standard is ISO 9001:2008 registered, and operates a nationwide distribution network supplying products from more than 30 blue chip manufacturers. Harwick Standard is a proud member of the National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) and practices the NACD's Responsible Distribution Process.
In 1932, in Akron, Ohio, Curtis J. Harwick founded Standard Chemical; a company specializing in the distribution of rubber compounding materials. In 1937, Mr. Harwick expanded the business opening Republic Dye and Chemical, a chemical manufacturing facility later known as Republic Chemical. He built relationships and agreements with key manufacturers supplying the industry, which continues to prove to be a successful strategy for the company today.
During the 1940’s, Standard Chemical began to expand across the United States, establishing a sales presence from coast to coast. Today, we serve all of North America and export to other parts of the world as well.
In 1946, the company was renamed Harwick Standard Chemical Company. In 1948, Curtis passed away and his wife, Virginia, took control. One year later, we moved our headquarters to it's current location at 60 South Seiberling Street in Akron, Ohio.
In 1968, Harwick Standard Chemical was purchased by Chemetron Corporation, becoming a subsidiary named Harwick Inc. Three years later, a group of fifteen corporate officers purchased the assets from Chemetron and Harwick Chemical Corporation was born. Throughout the 1970’s and 1980’s, Harwick continued to expand its product line portfolio, establishing additional principal relationships and purchasing manufacturing businesses.
Harwick’s manufacturing business was acquired by M.A. Hanna (later known as PolyOne) in 1997, and the company returned to its distribution roots as Harwick Standard Distribution Corporation.
Harwick celebrates its 80th Anniversary in 2012. Continuing its proud traditions of aligning with excellent principals and suppliers, and building a strong team of industry professionals, Harwick Standard remains the premier sales, marketing, technical, and logistics expert in the polymer industry today.