Blog

Blog - Author: Joe and Jim

Author: Joe and Jim

Our Beginnings

Our Beginnings

Posted By Joe and Jim
July 02, 2020 Category: History

The Cleveland Plant is Born! The year is 1836 and an Italian entrepreneur named Eugene Grasselli is eyeing America as the land of opportunity. Eugene had been working in his father’s growing chemical manufacturing business located in France. The industry was in its infancy and Eugene was anxious to strike out on his own. Eugene Grasselli had been educated in Strasburg and Heidelberg where he learned the art of Sulfuric Acid manufacture from his studies while under the tutelage of his father, Giavanni. So, Eugene left the comfort of his home in France, and set out for America. The journey took 5 ½ months, crossing the Atlantic in a small sailing vessel. The trip was perilous but in early 1837, Eugene landed in Philadelphia. He had 2 cents in his pocket. In Philadelphia, Eugene found employment with Farr & Kunzie Chemical for $1 per day. While working for Farr & Kunzie in Philadelphia, Eugene struck up a friendship with another local chemical manufacturer named DuPont. This friendship would come into play later. Eugene worked for Farr & Kunzie for two years until in 1839 he decided to set out for Cincinnati, Ohio in order to start his own Sulfuric Acid manufacturing plant under his own name, Grasselli Chemical. Grasselli’s first sulfuric acid plant started up in 1839 in Cincinnati. Cincinnati had a thriving soap industry (think P&G) and sulfuric acid was in high demand for soap processing. Grasselli’s Cincinnati plant thrived selling mai

Categories
Galvanizing (8)
General (6)
History (4)
Quilon (2)
Zaclon (2)
Specialty Chemicals (1)
Quilon Products (1)
Galvanized Testing (1)
Galvanized Products (1)
(1)
Antiblast (1)
Soprin (1)
+ Show More

Zaclon is a manufacturer of specialty chemicals with wide applications and world-wide sales. We are based in Cleveland, OH. Learn More →

CONTACT US


Contact Us →

All Rights Reserved Zaclon LLC ©