CHEMSPEC HISTORY

About Us

ChemSpec USA, Inc., a subsidiary of Chemical Specialties Ltd, is a global manufacturer of premium coatings for the automotive, fleet and industrial markets.  We have the foundation, as well as the flexibility to meet the changing needs of the global markets.

Our History

Our U.S. roots began as Montana Products, Inc. a small family business in rural Burbank, Ohio.  Montana was founded by Pete Peterson in 1976.  His vision began with a commitment to produce an improved economical product for the Automotive Refinish Market. 

Peterson purchased a farm outside Burbank, Ohio and with the support of his entire family, began formulating and selling new products. They labeled and filled products consistently with enthusiasm. Every evening, the family would load the truck for the deliveries next day. His sense of service in providing just in time deliveries and personal support turned customers into steadfast friends.

Montana’s following and trust in our quality products grew tremendously over the next two decades. Our product diversity and offerings also grew with time, including factory packaged color options beginning in 1982 and mixing systems by 1994.

With success and continued growth our company moved from our humble beginnings to a new 42,000 square foot facility in Orrville, Ohio, which is home today of ChemSpec USA.  1999 proved to be a bittersweet year for Montana Products, Inc. Our passion for quality products at an affordable price lived on with an exciting milestone that same year.  Our company introduced its first Basecoat system in 1998 which was officially launched at NACE 1999.  After a very successful tradeshow, sadly Pete Peterson passed away on his return trip.  His dynamic wife Nancy Peterson became CEO after his death to continue his vision.

Nancy Peterson retired as CEO in 2007, but our principles of service and personal touch live on with the merging of nationally based Montana Products, Inc. with the internationally based Chemical Specialties to form ChemSpec USA, Inc.

ChemSpec’s success is the result of the management team’s drive for innovation and constant determination to produce products that give customers added value.  Our commitment to service and quality makes us a leading global paint company.

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