History & heritage
A legacy of excellence
We are proud of the standards we have set for ourselves since the beginning — our attention to detail, diligence, commitment, perseverance, and customer-first mindset — that inform and shape who we are today.
100+ year history
As our name suggests, our roots have a tartan connection, particularly to a young immigrant named Archie J. MacDermid who arrived in America with an entrepreneurial spirit and a do-or-die attitude. In 1922, he set up a small metal finishing business in Waterbury, Connecticut.
Our global footprint
To make a century-long story short, our incremental organic growth, coupled with a series of strategic acquisitions, has led us to where we are today, with more than 5,000 employees in over 80 countries worldwide.
Delivering diverse surface finishing solutions
And now, as a subsidiary of Element Solutions Inc (NYSE: ESI), we’re a market-leading provider of surface finishing solutions — offering a range of chemical processes and materials that enhance the products that you use every day.
Across a range of industries and applications
We continue to provide the highest level of excellence in surface finishing to a wide variety of industries across the globe. Our clients rely on our innovation and service, delivering the highest performing products at the lowest in-use cost. And true to Archie's vision, we're still in Waterbury.