Brainerd Chemical’s history is family history

  • 2023


    Seaford, DE facility opens expanding Brainerd Chemical capabilities on the east coast.

  • 2023


    Brainerd Chemical Company again recognized as a Top 100 Chemical Distributor to the 64th largest in North America and 205th largest globally as ranked by ICIS Chemical Business.

  • 2022


    Scooba, MS facility opens expanding Brainerd Chemical Company capabilities in the gulf coast.

  • 2022


    Brainerd Chemical Company honored to be recognized as a Top Workplace for the fourth year in a row.

  • 2021


    Recognized as a Top Workplace for the 3rd consecutive year, Brainerd Chemical Company leads the way in the chemical manufacturing industry with a workforce culture second to none.

  • 2020


    Brainerd continues to promote the field of chemistry through the tireless efforts of its employees, haloed by chemical stewardship and core values.

  • 2019


    Brainerd Chemical Company first recognized as a Top Workplace by The Oklahoman, a leading regional media company.

  • 2019


    Brainerd Chemical Company celebrates our 60th anniversary.

  • 2016


    Mat was recognized as NACD Distributor of the Year.

  • 2016


    Brainerd acquired its Danville, Illinois facility.

  • 2015

    Image: Brainerd Chemical Company Logo

    Current version of the Brainerd logo was designed.

  • 2013


    Brainerd Transportation was formed allowing for city and route deliveries from box trucks to bulk tankers.

  • 2013


    Brainerd’s corporate office moved to the historic Philtower in downtown Tulsa.  With three plant locations and a growing company, more space was required to hold the staff needed to provide the necessary support of operations.  The Philtower was built by Waite Phillips in the early 1920s.

  • 2010s


    After serving in various roles within the NACD, Mat served as Chairman and embraced his role as an educator—advocating for issues and policies to improve the chemical industry.

  • 2010


    Brainerd attained its first FCN for Peracetic Acid and was Brainerd’s next step into the Food Safety Chemical space.

  • 2009


    With a continued focus on growth and a desire to expand the company’s footprint, Brainerd Tuttle, Oklahoma facility opened.  This facility allowed further reach into Oklahoma’s oil and gas markets.

  • 2005


    To better meet the needs of a significant customer, an east coast operation was necessary.  Brainerd opens Dunn, North Carolina facility.

  • 2004


    Mat traveled to Washington, D.C. to visit with legislators on behalf of the chemical industry.  A supporter of the industry, Brainerd Chemical has been a member of the National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) since 2005 and supports their vision of Responsible Distribution, advocating for sound government policies and promoting continuous…

  • 2002


    Brainerd purchased the original Waite Phillips Oil company location on North Peoria in Tulsa. A $1 million renovation began while maintaining several of the original brick buildings.  The company expanded its product lines by shipping bulk corrosives and flammables.

  • 1985


    Hal and his wife, Scotty, officially retired and moved to Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

  • Late 80s & Early 90s

    Late 80s & Early 90s

    As with many companies, Brainerd had its ups and downs.  Mat’s drive for growth and diversification pushed the company forward.  Brainerd added products such as fluorinated hydrocarbons and served as a wholesale pharmacy to 500 pharmacies nationwide.

  • 1979


    As Hal neared retirement age he turned to his youngest son, 20-year-old Mat, to lead the company.

  • 1969


    Brainerd supplied refrigerant to North American Rockwell for the Apollo 11 spacecraft.

  • 1966

    1966 Groundbreaking on new building

    Hal built his own building at 42nd & Sheridan, which included a retail storefront, office space, and a warehouse.

  • 1963

    1963 Advertising for Brainerd Chemical

    Hal moved operations between rented warehouses in the Tulsa industrial area.

  • 1960s

    An ad from the 60's, featuring one of Hal Brainerd's products, nu-brite laundry detergent

    The company sold compounded laundry detergents, developed by Hal Brainerd, to the institutional trade.

  • 1960


    Purchased Ward Chemical and added reagent and laboratory products.

  • Early Years

    A patent issued in 1956 to Hal Brainerd

    In the early years, the building block of the company was Hal Brainerd and his technical knowledge.

  • 1959


    Harold “Hal” W. Brainerd, Jr. founded Brainerd Chemical Company.