|Robert R. Hughes and Daniel F. Savanuck founded Chemspec on April 1, 1968. Chemspec was born on the premise that there was room in the marketplace for a company totally dedicated to the needs of the carpet and upholstery cleaning industry. Based on this premise, Chemspec started. Our first customers were Professional Carpet Cleaners, contractors whose primary job is cleaning residential and commercial carpet.|
|As a result of our efforts, Chemspec is known and respected worldwide not only as an innovator of products, but as a problem solver. In addition, Chemspec provides skilled direction in the use of our cleaning agents both in plant and on location. Our innovations have become the standard within the industry today.|
Some of the products and methods first introduced to the industry by Chemspec are:
Traffic Lane Cleaner
The first pretreatment product and procedure formulated by Dan Savanuck for heavily soiled carpet areas. Traffic Lane Cleaner is now a standard application on all man made carpet fibers.
Chewing Gum Remover
The first fast freeze method that uses Freon to remove bubble gum. The idea of freezing chewing gum for easy removal was conceived by Bob Hughes when he was challenged with removing bubble gum from carpeting while visiting a commercial customer.
Enzyme Carpet Shampoo
Formulated by Dan Savanuck to address the problem of food stains on carpet as well as other protein based stains. Enzyme Carpet Shampoo was a major breakthrough in chemistry that aided technicians whose work included cleaning restaurant carpeting.
An outside licensing agreement with a German based company resulted in Dan Savanuck receiving a sample of a water soluble citrus solvent. This sample was the first appearance of “oil of orange” in the United States and Chemspec incorporated this unique chemistry into several of our products. Chemspec trademarked the name “Biosolv” to describe this new “natural” citrus solvent.
Who Is RPM?
On September 1, 1988, Chemspec became part of the RPM group of chemical manufacturing companies headquartered in Medina, Ohio. RPM International Inc. is a world leader in coatings and specialty chemicals, serving both industry and consumers with products that often command the number one position in the marketplaces they serve. RPM has over 96,000 shareholders, 7,500 employees and hundreds of sales and technical representatives. RPM's products are sold in more than 130 countries and are manufactured at 66 plant locations in 14 countries. RPM common shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol RPM.
Why is RPM Important?
Stated as simply as possible, Chemspec is an even stronger company financially and technically with RPM's additional resources, expertise and direction.
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The True Formula For Success
Today, Chemspec is a well-recognized and accredited factor in all phrases of carpet care, upholstery care, deodorization, smoke and fire restoration, oriental rug care, stain removal, as well as leather care. Chemspec operates in Europe through its subsidiary, Chemspec Europe, Ltd., and in Canada through a licensee known as Chemspec Limited. Chemspec has earned and maintains a strong reputation for formulating and manufacturing quality, innovative cleaning agents.