Jon McCracken Named To New Position: Chief Operating Officer

jon-mccracken-105pixJon McCracken, a highly experienced and certified manufacturing executive, has been named Chief Operating Officer (COO) of InChem Corp., a custom and toll chemical manufacturer based in Rock Hill, S.C.

Jon was previously Global Operations Director for a major coatings manufacturer, where he was responsible for several industrial operations worldwide. In addition, he has extensive acquisition experience, which includes integration of companies, and has served in establishing supply-chain organizations for supporting business functions such as asset utilization, procurement and demand planning/scheduling.

“As our company continues to grow nationally and internationally, including operations of three manufacturing plants in the Carolinas, we believe Jon can be a very valuable asset for our management team,” said Steve Crownshaw, InChem President. “We created this new position of COO to utilize his experience and capabilities.”

Jon attended Washburn University majoring in mechanical engineering. He has extensive American Management Association certifications in project management, supply-chain and leadership management. He also is a certified Lean/Six Sigma Green Belt.


InChem Corp. Sponsors Junior Achievement Golf Tournament

InChem Corp. was a corporate sponsor of the Junior Achievement Annual Fall Golf Classic held Oct. 11 at the Tega Cay Golf Course in Tega Cay. A total of 19 teams and 73 golfers spent a beautiful day golfing and supporting JA programs.

Junior Achievement gives young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future and make smart academic choices.  The funds raised help provide relevant, hands-on experiences to local students in kindergarten through high school, giving them essential skills in financial literacy, workforce readiness and entrepreneurship.

“We are pleased to sponsor this event benefitting Junior Achievement,” said Steve Crownshaw, President of InChem Corp. “JA is educating tomorrow’s leaders with a positive attitude toward business and a responsible lifestyle.”

The funds raised during this event will allow JA serving the Catawba Region to serve 500 students throughout Chester, Lancaster and York Counties, helping JA reach their goal of 5,500 students for the 2013-2014 school year.

Holographic Greeter “Molly Cool” Is Big Hit At InChem Trade Show Booth

“Molly Cool,” an amazing Holographic Greeter from the future, joined the InChem team in its trade show booth at the Chemicals America Specialty & Agro show in Wilmington, NC, in early September 2013.

“Molly” is a lifesize holographic projection that tells visitors all about InChem in 2 minutes or less. Here is a video of what she looks like (taken in the studio before the show); just click on the play button:

“Molly Cool” (named for “molecule” – get it?) is believed to be the first Holographic Greeter ever employed at a trade show event by a U.S. chemical company. In addition to holding a short InChem slide show in her hands, she also demonstrates agitation and pump equipment as well as pelletized products such as InChem makes. The pellets appear to fall down in front of her, and so for added impact granular pellets were scattered on the floor at her feet.

“The vast majority of visitors to our booth thought Molly was great, and they listened to what she had to say,” said InChem President Steve Crownshaw, who dreamed up the “Greeter” after seeing another version in the Charlotte area. “In fact our little 8X8 foot booth got pretty crowded at times. The technology is very intriguing, so we had plenty of scientists trying to figure out how she worked. A couple admitted it was a little creepy, because it is a little like having an apparition speaking in front of you. But Molly was very cheerful and we truly enjoyed having her with us. We feel we got some new business leads we would not have gotten otherwise, because practically everyone at the show came to our booth. It demonstrated our innovation and our ability to think outside the box.”

InChem Recognized For Outstanding Safety in 2012 by S.C.

InChem Corp. has been recognized as one of the leading companies in South Carolina for outstanding safety records by the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation’s (LLR) 2012 Safety Achievement Awards program. The program recognizes companies’ efforts to reduce recordable occupational injuries and illnesses of their workers during the past year.

Only 24 companies throughout the state received this award. And InChem was one of only 12 with 1 million or more work hours without a lost-time injury or work-related illness. InChem’s total was 1.64 million work hours.

“The safety of our workforce is one of our very highest priorities,” said Steve Crownshaw, president of InChem. “This recognition is due to the hard work and diligence of all our people day in and day out, taking care to do things the right way.”

LLR’s 2012 Safety Awards program recognizes companies which reduced and/or eliminated OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) recordable injuries and illnesses between 2011 and 2012. The awards also awarded companies that worked at least 1 million hours without a lost-time accident. Companies must have 100 or more employees to be eligible for the awards.

InChem Receives Safety Award From South Carolina DOL

InChem Corp. has received a Certificate of Safety Achievement for 2012 from the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.

The award was given “for outstanding efforts in the promotion of Industrial Safety and Health, with such efforts resulting in the lessening of human suffering and the reduction of economic waste – 1.64 million hours without a lost time injury or illness.”

Holly Pisarik, Director of the S.C. Department, said in a letter to the company, “Congratulations on your notable achievement in employee safety. Your record is one for which you and each of your employees may be quite proud.”

“InChem places prime importance on the safety and well-being of all our people,” said Bill Finch, InChem’s Vice President of Heath, Safety & Human Services. “We are proud of this award and appreciate the hard work and diligence of all our employees who made this possible by putting safety first.”

InChem’s Toll Solutions Plant in Duncan, S.C., Earns ISO 9001:2008 Certification

duncan-plant-toll-solutionsInChem’s Toll Solutions LLC in Duncan, S.C., has earned ISO 9001:2008 Certification for its quality management system from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

Toll Solutions’ plant, which manufactures specialty chemicals for use in textile, polymer, pulp and paper applications for industrial manufacturers, has 25 production vessels and 42 bulk storage tanks on 10 acres. Toll Solutions’ certification was provided based on an audit, documented in a report, by UL DQS Inc. of Buffalo Grove, Ill., an accredited ISO certification organization.

“The Toll Solutions team really embraced our ISO 9001 system and processes, which made for a very timely registration process,” noted Toll Solutions CEO Greg Hahn. “Now we will strive to also achieve ISO 14001 certification, focusing on environmental management.”

Steve Crownshaw, President of parent company InChem Holdings USA, added, “ISO 9001 certification is very important for our customers, who rely on us to produce and deliver chemical products on-time and within strict specifications in a consistent manner month after month, year after year. InChem Corp. itself was first ISO 9001 certified in 1995 and has been ever since.”

InChem Corp. of Rock Hill, S.C., provides custom, contract and toll manufacturing of specialty chemicals to many of the world’s leading chemical companies. InChem is also a leading global supplier of Phenoxy resins, which are high-value-added products used in such demanding technologies as composites, adhesives and coatings for aerospace, automotive, electronics, engineered plastics, packaging and consumer goods applications. Learn more at

Toll Solutions LLC is a division of InChem Corp., specializing in toll and custom dispersion, emulsion, custom chemical manufacturing and blending services for a wide range of chemical and industrial companies. Toll Solutions’ modern facilities include diverse reactors, blending vessels, dispersion and emulsion vessels, drum flaking and specialized mixing equipment, adaptable to a wide range of chemical manufacturing and processing needs.  Learn more at

InChem 2013 Calendar Features Birthdays Of Famous Chemists and Scientists

InChem’s 2013 Calendar, provided to customers and other business associates, this year features an entertaining combination of birthdays of famous chemists and scientists, as well as humorous holidays such as National Chocolate Cake day.

To save space on the calendar itself, birthdays of famous men and women were only marked with their name and an asterisk (*). In case you don’t remember, for example, who Fausto D’Elhuyar was, you can now see the details that made him and 39 other luminaries noteworthy in the history of science. Just visit our calendar page here for all the colorful details.

“We’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback from recipients of our 2012 calendars,” said InChem President Steve Crownshaw. “Lots of people put it on their office walls so they can see and plan the whole year and special dates. This year we decided to go one better and add something interesting for every day of the year.

“It’s pretty impressive how the achievements of famous chemists go back for centuries.” Crownshaw noted. “Let’s all honor these famous men and women whose discoveries have improved our world and created jobs for many thousands of people including us at InChem and the many fine companies we supply. And let’s all take a moment to celebrate those special days of the year that honor favorite foods and one of the most important inventions of all, the plumber’s friend,” he said with a smile.

If you’re a customer or business associate of InChem Corp. and did not receive a 2013 calendar in the mail, you can request one through our online contact form.

Join InChem At The Specialty & Agro Chemical Show Sept. 10-11 in Wilmington, NC

Join the InChem team at the cost-effective new Specialty & Agro Chemicals America trade show in beautiful Wilmington, N.C., Sept. 10-11 at the Hilton Wilmington Riverside hotel. This event will promote productive networking between American companies who produce and buy products for the specialty & agro chemical industry.

The two-day networking forum will feature a unique combination of Market Trends Talks, Company Capability Showcase Presentations, and Exhibit Booths

  • Day 1 will focus on Agrochemical talks covering technologies and trends in Crop Protection and Biopesticides, plus emerging technologies in Specialty Chemicals & Materials and specific trends in Water Treatment Chemistry and the Oilfield Chemicals market
  • Day 2 will feature talks on Agrochemical Import Trends and Agrochemical Formulations, plus a panel discussion on Toll Manufacturing for Industrial Chemicals
  • Day 2 will also include 15-minute showcase presentations by domestic suppliers where companies will be highlighting the chemical products, technologies, and services that make their businesses unique

Exhibits within the conference area will feature companies such as InChem that offer America-based manufacturing or significant domestic sales operations for: specialty, fine, and custom chemicals; formulation services; inert materials; process technologies; chemical equipment; and other supply chain services

Numerous networking opportunities will also revolve around breakfast, lunches, and evening cocktail receptions

Learn more at – see you there!

InChem Installs New 250-gallon Reactor for Smaller Batch Production

InChem has purchased and installed a new 250-gallon stainless steel reactor that enables it to produce smaller batches of chemicals as requested by more and more customers. Key features include:

  • 316 stainless steel
  • 150 psi steam heating
  • Deep vacuum system
  • All dedicated utilities
  • PLC control with real-time data logging

“As InChem has expanded its business, more and more we’re being asked for small to intermediate quantities in scale-up applications,” explained InChem President Steve Crownshaw. “The jump from 15 to 1500 gallons is a big step, so having a reactor in between will allow for many different uses.

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InChem Corp. Wins Safety Awards from State DOL and S.C. Chamber

Safety Certificate 2010The South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation recently presented a Certificate of Safety Achievement Award for the year 2011 to InChem for outstanding efforts in the promotion of industrial health and safety, including 1.5 million hours without a lost time injury or illness. Click on the image to view a full size PDF. For PDFs of other awards click on these links:
• Commendation of Excellence from S.C. Chamber for InChem Corp.
• Commendation of Excellence from S.C. Chamber for Toll Solutions LLC.