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Management Team:

David Casten, President
Ed Walsh, Executive VP & General Manager
Doug Casten, Chief Operating Officer
Dave Richards, Manager Technical Services
Steve Stewart, Corporate Sales Manager


Bud Barton was working for a petroleum products producer, delivering naphtha to dry cleaning establishments in central Iowa until one day in 1938 when the company announced that it was dropping his route. Bud was reluctant to abandon his customers, so he set up an office in his home and went into business. His first task was buying an old truck just to have something to trade in on a new one.

By 1946, Bud Barton had put enough money aside to open his own plant at 116 Forest Avenue in Des Moines, Iowa. With inventory capacity, he was ready to expand. That year several major producers appointed him as a distributor of their solvents and chemicals. In 1948 the company opened a second facility in Bettendorf, Iowa.

As Barton Naphtha built a reputation for reliability, new markets developed. In 1952, a Council Bluffs, Iowa facility opened routes in Nebraska. The list of products grew until in 1972 the company name was changed to Barton Solvents, Inc. Then a Wichita plant began serving Kansas in 1979. In 1983 the company moved to a new central plant and established corporate headquarters on N.E. Broadway in Des Moines. A Kansas City plant to serve Kansas and Missouri was opened in 1989. A West Bend, Wisconsin warehouse was added in 2000. Today, Barton Solvents is a major supplier of chemical products to thousands of customers in ten states.

Bud Barton passed away on June 21st, 1996. Barton Solvents, Inc. remains a family owned business and Bud's business ethic is still faithfully practiced. A veteran management team remains committed to delivering only quality products, at fair prices, with an extra measure of customer service. Sixty-six years after it began, the spirit is still the same.

Corporate Office:

1920 N.E. Broadway
P.O. Box 221
Des Moines, IA 50301
Tel. 515-265-7998
Fax. 515-265-0259



Main E-Mail Contact:

E-Mail: corporate@barsol.com

Other Branches:

  • Bettendorf, IA
  • Council Bluffs, IA
  • Des Moines, IA
  • Kansas City, KS
  • Wichita, KS
  • West Bend, WI

Geographic Territory Served (States):

  • IA
  • IL
  • WI
  • KS
  • SD
  • NE
  • MO
  • OK
  • MN

Services Offered: (Blending, small packaging, waste disposal, etc.)

  • Custom Blending
  • Specialized Delivery Equipment
  • Laboratory Services
  • Vendor Consolidation
  • Vendor Managed Inventory Programs
  • Regulatory Compliance Assistance
  • Contract Warehousing
  • Bar Coding
  • EDI Capabilities
  • FDA and USDA Registered
  • Intermediate Bulk Containers
  • Computer Based Formulation Programs
  • Hazardous Waste Transportation and Disposal
  • NF, ACS, USP, Food Grade & Kosher Products and Packaging
  • Chemtrec Registration
  • JIT Delivery
  • Product Analysis
  • Product Videos

Market Segments Served:

  • Paint & Coatings
  • Plastics & Rubber
  • HI & I
  • Agriculture
  • Printing

Distributor Specification: (Warehouse sq ft, bulk storage, trucks, trailers)

  • 245,000 sq ft of warehousing
  • Delivery fleet of 172 Vehicles
  • 3.7 million gallons of combined storage

Equipment: (Blend tanks, packaging, lab, etc.)

  • Blend Tanks
  • Packaging
  • Lab
  • Rail

Certifications: (Iso9002, RDP, etc.)

  • ISO 9001:2000 Certification
  • RDP

Affiliations: (NACD, ,etc.)

  • NACD
  • NPCA
  • RCMA
  • ACS Rubber Division



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