It All Started One Day in 1945

There Was a Family Man, With His Friends and a Dream

Founded by Floyd A. “Nick” Nicholson and his partners in 1945, PVS Chemicals is now a global manufacturer, distributor, and marketer of high-quality chemical products. The company was originally established as Pressure Vessel Service, Inc. in Detroit to clean boilers and pressure vessels. During the late 1940's and 1950's Mr. Nicholson entered the chemical distribution business by delivering hydrochloric acid he had once used to clean the pressure vessels. In the 1960's the company ventured into sulfuric acid manufacturing by acquiring a manufacturing plant, and the rest is history.

PVS currently has more than 1,300 employees worldwide and has 14 manufacturing plants and several distribution facilities across the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Asia. What PVS provides touches everyone in some unique way. Safety and sustainability have been always been at the forefront of our business. We provide innovative solutions, comprehensive support and added value to our customers.

Timeline of Events

1945

PVS Founded

1968 – 1987

  • Detroit Chemical Plant Works Purchased
  • Dynecol Formed (Hazardous waste management services)
  • Canadian Division Formed - Fanchem (now PVS Benson)
  • Acquired Allied Chemicals Buffalo and Chicago plants, now PVS Solutions
  • PVS Technologies was formed
  • PVS Nolwood Purchased (Full-service distribution business)

1990 – 2000

  • PVS Transportation was formed
  • PVS Belgium established in Ghent
  • PVS Purchased Chantland company (Pulley and MHS Divisions)
  • PVS Solutions was formed

2000 – 2019

  • Siam PVS formed in Bangkok, Thailand
  • Joint venture between PVS Technologies and Phibro-Tech (California Water Technologies)
  • PVS Minibulk established as a standalone vision
  • PVS Chloralkali became a standalone subsidiary
  • PVS Nolwood acquires Young Chemical and Sagar Chemical
  • Sold Dynecol to US Ecology
  • IACC Chemical Solutions was formed as a subsidiary of Siam PVS
  • PVS Fanchem purchases Benson Chemical forming PVS Benson in Ontario, Canada
  • PVS Chantland Pulley division was sold to PPI
  • PVS Steel Services purchases the assets and business of ISSI
  • PVS Minibulk purchases the assets and business of New Haven Chloralkali

2020

In January 2020, PVS Chemicals Inc. celebrated its 75th anniversary! PVS currently has more than 1,300 employees worldwide and has 14 manufacturing plants and multiple distribution facilities across the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Asia.

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