September 2, 2022

Colonial Institute Apprentice Program Announced with Chatt State

Colonial Chemical, Inc. announces that it is offering a formal apprenticeship program in collaboration with Chattanooga State Community College. Titled “Colonial Institute,” the program is open to adults 18 and older who are interested in completing coursework necessary for a Chemical Operator Technical Certificate (COTC) in only three semesters.

Those who are enrolled in the coursework and working toward completion of the COTC requirements may be eligible for supervised paid apprenticeships at the Colonial Chemical operations. Completion of the COTC coursework guarantees every applicant a thorough interview process with the potential to join the Colonial Chemical team. COTC coursework may be applied to being awarded an A.A.S. in Chemical Engineering Technology.

All classwork is performed at the Chatt State – Kimball, TN campus. Courses include:

  • Mathematics for Engineering Technology
  • Industrial Chemistry
  • Mechanical Components and Electrical Drives
  • Process Operations
  • Process Equipment

September 1, 2022

Colonial Chemical Donates SCBA to Local Fire and Rescue Department

Colonial Chemical, Inc. donated two Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) units to the New Hope Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department. SCBA units are the primary tools that provide the greatest amount of airway protection from toxic gas and harmful chemicals. Each unit includes a cabinet and spare bottle. Department member Jimmy Haley accepted the units on behalf of the local department.

Speaking of the donations, Jerry Pittman, EHS&S Manager, Colonial Chemical, stated, “These units were originally secured to use for a purpose that’s now become unnecessary. Since they are redundant and we knew the local rescue service could make better use of these, we decided to pass them along. We sent them off to be completely retested and recertified by Southeast Rubber and Safety – which means they’re 100% ready when needed. I’m sure they’ll be very useful if the opportunity ever presents itself here or elsewhere.”

The New Hope Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department is an all-volunteer operation on call 24/7 and provides fire and rescue support for communities in Marion County. There are 22 trained members who serve in that department.

August 18, 2022

Colonial Chemical Wins 2022 Business Of The Year

Colonial Chemical was awarded the Marion County Chamber of Commerce’s Large Business of the Year (100+ employees) for 2022. With continuing growth in market and workforce continuing throughout the worldwide company, but most notably at its corporate headquarters in New Hope, Tennessee, Colonial Chemical has also received numerous merit citations from multiple industry groups, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other civic groups. David Anderson Jr. spoke on behalf of the company stating that the community has continued to be welcoming and helpful throughout the facility’s thirty-five year history and said that Marion County will “always be the company’s home.”

2022 marks the fifth time since 2014 that Colonial Chemical has been awarded Business of the Year by the Marion County Chamber.

August 16, 2022

Capacity Expansion for Ether Carboxylates

Colonial Chemical has recently expanded its production capacity of ether carboxylates and is prepared to address customers’ additive needs for metalworking fluids, hydraulic fluids, personal care, HI&I, oil and gas, and other industrial sectors.

Cola®Carb Ether Carboxylates

  • Combined nonionic and anionic emulsifiers
  • Structure and performance customizable
  • Multifunctional
    • Emulsification, lime soap dispersing, wetting, corrosion protection, lubrication, detergency
  • Stabilize emulsions against electrolyte and hard water
    • Increased lifetime of water-miscible metalworking fluids
  • Biodegradability
  • Low to medium foaming tendency

Cola®Carb Ether Carboxylates from Colonial Chemical

Cola®Carb B2CShort alkyl chain and short EO chain ether carboxylic acid
Cola®Carb BEASodium hydroxide neutralized Cola®Carb B2C
Cola®Carb TDCBranched, medium alkyl chain and medium EO chain carboxylic acid
Cola®Carb TDC-HBranched, medium alkyl chain and medium EO chain carboxylic acid
Cola®Carb M7CBranched, medium alkyl chain and medium EO chain carboxylic acid
Cola®Carb O2CLong alkyl chain and short EO chain carboxylic acid
Cola®Carb O5CLong alkyl chain and medium EO chain carboxylic acid
Cola®Carb OXCLong alkyl chain and long EO chain carboxylic acid

More products coming soon!

July 6, 2022

Suga®Fax D10NC Gets OSPAR OCNS Gold Band (lowest hazard)

Colonial Chemical is pleased to announce a recent regulatory update for one of its leading products. The Offshore Chemical Notification Scheme (OCNS) team has reviewed information about Suga®Fax D10NC for use as a lubricant, foaming agent, stabilizing agent, corrosion inhibitor and/or dispersant during offshore drilling operations involving 100% environmental discharge and in accordance with the Harmonised Offshore Chemical Notification Format (HOCNF). Suga®Fax D10NC received a Hazard Quotient between 0 and 1, also known as the OSPAR OCNS Gold Band (lowest hazard).

OSPAR is the mechanism by which 15 Governments and the EU cooperate to protect the marine environment of the North-East Atlantic. To reduce the overall impact of offshore chemicals on the marine environment, OSPAR has adopted a harmonized mandatory control system (HMCS) for use and reduction of discharges of offshore chemicals by the offshore oil and gas industry. This system promotes the shift towards the use of less hazardous or preferably non-hazardous substances. The OCNS Team at Cefas registers chemicals used in offshore oil and gas applications for use in the UK and Netherlands waters.

More information may be found on The Definitive Ranked Lists of Registered Products on the OCNS section of the Cefas website (

April 20, 2022

Colonial Chemical Receives COSMOS Approval for Multiple Ingredients

Colonial Chemical, Inc. announces that ten ingredients in its portfolio are now COSMOS approved. This includes the recent addition of Suga®Citrate L1C-C, the latest innovation in APG-based surfactant chemistry. Additionally, Cola®Det OKC-40, a chemically processed ago-ingredient using organic feedstocks, is now COSMOS Certified. The COSMOS approvals and certification allow Colonial Chemical’s natural cosmetics ingredients to be recognized globally for their use of sustainable feedstocks and processes. This approval was granted following Colonial Chemical’s completion of rigorous documentation audit processes for its ingredients by Ecocert Greenlife according to the COSMOS v3 Standard.

Speaking of the development, Dennis Abbeduto, Personal Care Business Manager, Colonial Chemical, stated, “…The increased demand for green chemistry and sustainable products indicates that consumers are aware of the importance of clean labels. Customers are seeking assurance that the products contain genuine natural ingredients used in personal care formulations. We are working to make sure that our products conform to global sustainability standards.”

COSMOS is an international non-profit organization and is responsible for setting standards for organic and/or natural ingredients used in the cosmetic industry. The standards are developed by BDIH (Germany), COSMEBIO and ECOCERT (France), ICEA (Italy) and the SOIL ASSOCIATION (UK) at European and international levels.

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