Colonial Adds Warehouse in Detroit


Colonial Specialty Chemical has leased a 90,000-square-foot warehouse in Detroit to reach customers in the Midwest, a growing market for the specialty chemical distributor.

Tabernacle, N.J.-based Colonial is a stocking distributor representing eight global manufacturers specializing in a variety of products, including biocides and corrosion inhibitors, vegetable oils, surfactants, emulsifiers, antioxidants, fatty acids, dyes, lard oils and specialty esters. The company is a division of Colonial Chemical Co., also headquartered in Tabernacle, N.J.

Craig H. Mott, vice president of Colonial Specialty Chemical, told Lube Report that among the manufacturers it represents are Albemarle, which makes antioxidants; Lonza, which manufactures corrosion inhibitors and biocides; Oleon, which makes a variety of oleochemicals, including fatty acids and vegetable-based esters; and Sasol, which makes a variety of low foaming emulsifiers.

Many of these, he said, are developing new products for the market. I would highlight Albemarle and Lonza as two companies that are continuing to look at putting investment into product development into the market, he said. Lonza with corrosion inhibitors, Albemarle with antioxidants.

Mott said the warehouse has an ideal location, situated about 20 minutes from the two largest metalworking fluid manufacturers in the Detroit area. Along with our rail and warehouse facilities in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, our warehouse in Detroit will better service our Midwest customers, said Mott. We exclusively represent into the metalworking industrial marketplace on a national basis. We started here [in New Jersey], then in Detroit we found a need.

The warehouse also offers features conducive to handling the types of products that Colonial works with. Its heated, and its a very automated warehouse, Mott said. We also have some inside bulk storage and liquid blending capabilities.

Green products are showing much growth in the marketplace right now, according to Mott, who formerly was with Cargill Industrial Oils and Lubricants. Vegetable oils have been my niche most of my career, he said. I continue to see growth in the high-oleic vegetable oils. The higher the oleic content, the higher the oxidation stability, and the better performance under high temperatures. Thats what people are looking for – a high-performance vegetable oil.

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