August 17, 2021

Construction on New Rail Spur for Colonial Starts 4th Qtr. 2021

Colonial Chemical, Inc. announces that construction will begin in the fourth quarter of 2021 on a rail spur to serve their facility in South Pittsburg, TN.  This is the culmination of several years of work and public/private cooperation between a number of entities, including Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT), Southeast Tennessee Development District, Marion County, TN, Marion Natural Gas, Sequatchie Valley Electric Cooperative, and CSX Corporation at a cost of over $3.4 million. The spur will expand Colonial’s supply chain flexibility, reduce raw materials costs, and provide a key element for the company’s growth in its present location. It has the added benefit of providing rail access to other sites important for economic development in Marion County. This type of rail access is consistent with the infrastructure requirements of a manufacturing operation of this scale, TDOT officials said, and will connect the Colonial facility directly to CSX lines.

June 15, 2021

Colonial Chemical Is 2021 EPA Green Chemistry Challenge Award Winner

SOUTH PITTSBURG, TENN. (June 15, 2021): Colonial Chemical, Inc. is a winner in the 2021 EPA Green Chemistry Challenge Awards Program, specifically in the focus area of The Design of Greener Chemicals. Colonial Chemical is being recognized for developing Suga®Boost surfactant blends that use more environmentally friendly chemicals than traditional cleaning surfactants. Specifically, Suga®Boost surfactants consume less energy to create, are biodegradable, and are derived from plant-based materials, with performance that demonstrates potential to replace EO-containing surfactants such as SLES and APEs.

“Colonial’s Suga®Boost technology platform is an example of a decades-old commitment to the design of greener, safer, effective surfactants for our customers and our consumers,” said David Anderson, Jr., President of Colonial Chemical.  “We are honored to be recognized for this achievement and will continue to design and innovate in this space that is critical for our country and world.”

Many surfactants used in traditional cleaners are derived from petroleum-based raw materials and pose several issues including high environmental toxicity or a need for high-energy processes in their manufacture. One group of chemicals often found in cleaners is alkylphenol ethoxylates (APEs). The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has identified this class of chemicals as toxic to aquatic organisms, especially because they bioaccumulate in mollusks, soils, and sediments. Additionally, APEs can mimic natural hormones and induce endocrine disruption in aquatic and land organisms.

Colonial Chemical discovered that blends of functionalized alkyl polyglucoside (APG) surfactants provide cleaning performance that is equal to or better than APEs while avoiding environmental issues related to aquatic toxicity, endocrine disruption, and carcinogenic impurities. Suga®Boost surfactants are blends of derivatized APGs prepared by attaching functional groups such as sulfonate, phosphate, quaternary ammonium, glycinate, and citrate. Suga®Boost blends do not yield toxic substances as they biodegrade. They are mild and safe for the formulator and end-user. Lastly, Suga®Boost blends require less energy to manufacture and require only water as a solvent during manufacture and cleanup.

These functionalized APG surfactants have the potential to replace EO-containing surfactants worldwide. Furthermore, Suga®Boost and its underlying chemistry has the potential to expand into wipe products, disinfecting cleaners, dish washing, carpet cleaning, and fabric care.

January 22, 2021

Colonial Chemical Announces Senior Leadership Promotions

SOUTH PITTSBURG, TENN. (January 22, 2021): Colonial Chemical, Inc. is pleased to announce two new promotions at the company. Effective January 25th, David Anderson, Jr. will be promoted to the position of President. In his new role, David will assume responsibility for the total operation of Colonial Chemical, Inc. and to lead in the company’s strategic goals and future expansion.

David Jr. joined Colonial Chemical in December 2009 as Northeast Territory Manager, the first full-time salesperson for the company. He has progressed through the positions of Sales Manager and Vice President of Sales and Marketing. David Jr. has a Bachelor of Science degree from Georgetown University and a Master of Arts degree from Yale University. Prior to Colonial, his previous position was four years with Robert Walters in Tokyo, Japan as a Technical Recruiter and Manager of the IT Sales & Marketing Recruitment Team.

David Anderson, Sr., the company founder, has been named to the position of Chairman. Mr. Anderson, Sr. has been with the company for 33 years and working on his 49th year in the surfactant industry. As Chairman, his primary role will be to lend his experience, knowledge and expertise to coach and consult with the management team and ensure Colonial continues to grow and be successful. Mr. Anderson, Sr. will also be active in the startup and development of the newly announced Colonial Chemical M.E. Arabia.

“David Jr. has one of the strongest work ethics and overall skillsets in this industry, and a great deal of the growth of the company in the past few years rests on his shoulders,” says David Anderson, Sr. “Since joining us full-time in 2009, he’s been a tremendous asset to our organization, and we’re confident that under his leadership, he’ll continue to guide us to even greater success in this expanded role.”

“Colonial intends to remain a privately-owned, family company – free of outside investment for many years to come,” stated Anderson. “We continue to believe that a stable ownership structure benefits our customers, our employees, and our suppliers the most.”

Colonial Chemical, Inc. is a privately held manufacturer of market-leading specialty surfactants with a focus on developing safe and innovative ingredients for modern formulary. The company supplies high quality products to the personal care, household, oil & gas, and industrial lubrication marketplace. Colonial Chemical serves North America and over 50 countries internationally. Learn more at

For more information, please contact Christine Anderson, Marketing Specialist, at (423) 837-8800, or visit

January 20, 2021

Colonial Chemical Announces Formation of Colonial Chemical M.E. Arabia

SOUTH PITTSBURG, TENN. (January 20, 2021): Colonial Chemical, Inc. is pleased announce the start of construction of a new specialty chemicals manufacturing plant in Dammam, Saudi Arabia. The new facility is named Colonial Chemical M.E. Arabia. This facility is a joint venture with Sadeem Investments and Earth’s Reservoir for Oil and Gas, EROG. Colonial Chemical, Inc. is providing the technology and operations knowledge for the plant while Sadeem Investments and EROG are responsible for local operational oversight and construction support. The Board of Directors overseeing the joint venture is headed by David Anderson, Colonial Chemical, Inc. President, as the Chairman. Mohammed Abduldaim, EROG President, is the Vice-Chairman, and other members include Dr. Peter Chetcuti, David Anderson Jr and Douglas Wynn.

This operation will primarily provide a source of locally manufactured specialty surfactants and other chemicals for oilfield, industrial lubricants, water treatment, paper, paints, coatings, personal care, household, and industrial cleaning applications. The new plant will offer manufacturing technology capabilities for a variety of chemicals as well as toll blending capability for finished formulations and custom chemical manufacture. The plant will allow customers in Saudi Arabia and the region to achieve high local content levels required by localization initiatives such as IKTVA, NUSANED and NIDLP.

Construction is underway on a nine-acre plant that will include reaction vessels, distillation columns, toll blending and mixing vessels, pilot scale equipment for development, warehousing and tank farms. Additionally, construction will include state-of-the-art laboratories for R&D and formulation development and administrative offices for supply chain and customer service personnel. The plant will also house packaging and labeling operations.

Manufacturing operations are expected to commence in Q4 2021. Raw materials will be sourced locally to produce amine oxides, quaternary ammonium compounds, hydroxypropyl sultaines, betaines, propionates, ether carboxylates, imidazolines, phosphate esters, EPI-sulfonates, and phosphates.

“Colonial Chemical has long been a significant provider for oil field service companies as well as products for personal care, household, and industrial cleaning applications in the U.S. The new operation in Dammam will take advantage of local sourcing throughout the value chain and position Colonial Chemical, M.E. Arabia as a preferential source of product and services for customers in that region,” said David Anderson, President, Colonial Chemical, Inc. “Along with shorter lead times, Colonial Chemical M.E. Arabia will also offer the benefit of toll blending and manufacturing which is a highly desirable function in this market. We have built mutually beneficial relationships in the past few years with our local investors in this new operation and are all excited to see our plans move forward.”

Colonial Chemical, Inc. is a privately held manufacturer of market-leading specialty surfactants with a focus on developing safe and innovative ingredients for modern formulary. The company supplies high quality products to the personal care, household, oil & gas, and industrial lubrication marketplace. Colonial Chemical serves North America and over 50 countries internationally. Learn more at

For more information, please contact Ahmed Ali, General Manager of Colonial Chemical M.E. Arabia, at or Christine Anderson, Marketing Specialist, at (423) 837-8800, or visit

October 20, 2020

Colonial Chemical Celebrates Groundbreaking of New Finished Goods Warehouse at World Headquarters in New Hope, TN.

Colonial Chemical was pleased to host a groundbreaking celebration today of its newest warehouse addition to the plant in New Hope, TN.  Elected officials from throughout Marion County were in attendance along with members from the staff.

The 26,000 square foot building is space for chemical drum racks and tote storage with five additional truck bays. Office space and locker rooms are included for shipping and sampling personnel, along with a lounge area for truck drivers to wait during loadings. The new building will be erected by Gann Construction of South Pittsburg, TN.

“This has already been a busy year at Colonial Chemical – we have upgraded significant systems in our plant, added additional reactor equipment, and moved our administrative offices into a new building,” said David Anderson, President, Colonial Chemical. “We have outgrown our existing warehouses for storage – and we’ve needed additional loading bays for the increased traffic that’s pouring into our plant.  Our new warehouse addition will meet our needs for the immediate future.” The new building is adjacent to existing warehouse facilities. Anderson also explained that even as Colonial Chemical is gearing up for new warehouse space, at least two other buildings – including an R&D lab that connects to the new administration building – are in the works.

July 1, 2020

Colonial Chemical Announces New Office and Staff for Netherlands

Colonial Chemical has announced the official opening of a new sales and regulatory support office in Amsterdam and the appointment of dedicated staff. Dr. Barae Jomaa will assume the role of International Regulatory Affairs Specialist for Colonial Chemical EU B.V. to better meet the needs of growing regulatory demands throughout the EU regions.

“Dr. Jomaa brings extensive regulatory affairs experience from his years at Akzo Nobel in coordinating the compliance processes necessary for global listings, including REACH. He is a PhD certified toxicologist and member of the Dutch Society of Toxicology. A speaker of English, French and Dutch, Barae brings strong knowledge in chemical control regulations and product safety. We’re placing Barae in a unique role for Colonial and we are delighted to have him join our team,” states Lizette Bonvin, Regulatory Affairs Manager. “His experience and location in Europe will help to strengthen our support, availability, and Regulatory commitment to our global customers.”

Dr. Jomaa may be reached at

November 13, 2019

Colonial Chemical Awarded GMP for Cosmetics ISO 22716:2007 And ISO 9001:2015 Renewal

Colonial Chemical, Inc. announced that it has been approved for GMP for Cosmetics ISO 22716:2007 as well as renewal for the ISO 9001:2015. These guidelines provide a system of processes, procedures and documentation to assure a product has the identity, strength, composition, quality and purity that appear on the product label.

Awarded by SRI Quality System Registrar, this certification requires a rigorous process analyzing various aspects of the company including personnel, organizational structure, documentation and equipment in general. Acquiring GMP for Cosmetics certification means investing in state-of-the-art equipment and technology in addition to the certification costs. GMP for Cosmetics is widely recognized across the globe.

“We have strengthened our guidelines for GMP for Cosmetics, which strengthens our commitment to ensuring the quality we provide to our customers,” states Jason Santola, Quality Manager.  “This achievement validates the company’s quality policies, which aims to continually achieve greater reliability in the market and strengthen credibility with partners and customers. It’s with constant improvement in the processes that we will continue delivering innovative products of tested quality and sustainability.”

Colonial Chemical is a privately-held manufacturer of market-leading specialty surfactants with a focus on developing safe and innovative ingredients for modern formulary. The company supplies high quality products to the personal care, industrial and lubrication marketplace and helps its customers achieve their goals by providing custom solutions, valuable support and reliable service. Colonial Chemical serves all North America and in over 50 countries internationally. Learn more at

For more information, please contact Jim Canestrari, Marketing Manager, at (423) 837-8800, or visit