Haviland Enterprises Celebrates 90 Years of Chemistry

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Haviland Enterprises, Inc. is commemorating its 90th anniversary as a premier supplier of chemicals for cleaning, water treatment, plating, and recreational water solutions. Since its founding in 1934 by chemist J.B. Haviland, the company has evolved from a modest laboratory in Michigan to a globally recognized chemical manufacturer with facilities across the United States.

Haviland Products Company Facility in 1940Haviland Products Company Facility in 1940

For 90 years, Haviland has been delivering innovative chemical solutions tailored to meet the evolving needs of its customers. “Our drive to exceed expectations is fueled by our commitment to our customers and our community,” says Meg Post, Haviland Enterprises, Inc. president and CEO. “As a 100% employee-owned company, our employees are deeply invested in ensuring the highest level of service and product excellence. We are excited to continue delivering value that not only meets but anticipates the needs of our customers.”

J.B. Haviland, founder of Haviland Enterprises, Inc.J.B. Haviland, founder of Haviland Enterprises, Inc.

Post attributes Haviland’s success to its Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), which was initiated by the Haviland family in 1997. The company first transitioned to a partial ESOP with 54% ownership retained by the Haviland family and 46% by employees. In 2012, the family transferred its remaining shares to the ESOP, making Haviland fully employee owned. "The ESOP empowers our workforce, encouraging a culture of ownership and continuous improvement at all levels of the organization," adds Post.

Coinciding with its anniversary milestone, Haviland is constructing a new $7 million flagship laboratory, envisioned as a hub for product development and innovation. “This investment reflects Haviland’s enduring commitment to technical excellence and innovation, key principles that have been integral to the company's operations since our beginning,” says Rob Pawson, vice president of Haviland Products Company.

Rendering of Haviland’s new lab set to open in 2025Rendering of Haviland’s new lab set to open in 2025

Haviland’s 90th anniversary will be officially commemorated at its Annual Shareholders’ Meeting in June, marking a significant occasion to celebrate the company’s legacy and its ongoing efforts to develop innovative chemical solutions in new and existing markets.

“As we look to the future, our mission remains the same. Haviland will continue to create chemical solutions that solve our customers’ challenges,” says Post. “Providing solutions and building partnerships is in our DNA, and I’m excited to leverage this expertise in both emerging and established markets.”

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