The Chemical Distribution Network is a $450
million distributor-owned organization designed position
distributors to better service customers in the rapidly changing
chemical distribution industry and evolving e-commerce market.
CDN evolved out of a group called ChemSource,
which was comprised of Illinois-based chemical distributors.
ChemSource came together to take advantage of the economies and
increased marketing power being part of a group affords.
Larry Hayes, the Chairman of CDN, was also
Chairman of ChemSource. The success of ChemSource led
the group to expand beyond the Midwest.
The Chemical Distribution Network had its first
organizational meeting in June of 2000.
The network assists its independent
distributor members to effectively improve customer service.
Group marketing programs also help individual members
compete in what has become a consolidating, competitive industry.
CDN is rapidly expanding and adding new
members and new distribution points.
While CDN members uses an e-commerce to connect with
customers and suppliers electronically, all CDN members are
established companies with “bricks and mortar” distribution
facilities. They are
not “dot coms.”
CDN's Marlborough, MA headquarters
functions as a central office, providing a platform for
shared investment in technology and coordination of the
network activities and programs. CDN's management team
includes Ed Salvesen, Vice President, and a Board of Managing
CDN members include: Astro Chemicals, Springfield,
MA.; Brown Chemical, Oakland, N.J.; Chemicals, Inc., Dayton,
OH.; Hukill Chemical, Cleveland, OH.; Industrial Chemicals,
Richmond, VA.; John R. Hess & Co, Cranston, R.I.;
Lowe Chemical, Cleveland, OH.; Maryland Chemical Co.,
Baltimore, MD; Producers Chemical, Batavia, IL.; Seeler
Industries, Joliet, IL.; Superior Solvents & Chemical,
Indianapolis, IN.; VIKING Chemical, Rockford, IL.; Webb
Chemical, Muskegon Heights, MI., and Whitaker Oil, Atlanta,