Buckman (company)

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Buckman is a privately held, ISO-certified, global specialty chemical company headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee, USA. Buckman had revenue of more than $500 million in fiscal year 2010. The company conducts business in over 90 countries, operates 10 manufacturing sites (Memphis, TN; Cadet, MO; Canada, Europe, Mexico, Brasil, Australia, South Africa, Singapore, and China), and employs approximately 1500. Core industries are pulp and paper, leather, and water technologies. Secondary industries include performance chemicals(paint, coatings, plastics, water formulators, wood treatment, and agriculture).


The company was founded in 1945 in Memphis, TN, USA, by Dr. Stanley J. Buckman with a product used to control microbiological problems in paper mills. In 1948, Buckman Laboratories of Canada was established as a warehouse and marketing company. During the 1950s, the company developed a number of biocides for the leather, sugar, and paint industries. In the 1960'w, it developed two new fungicides.

During this decade, it also developed products for bacterial and algae control in swimming pools, cooling water systems, and fresh water. In addition to the Memphis plant, a new manufacturing facility was built in Cadet, MO, in 1963. It also formed branches in Mexico in 1963 a in Belgium, in 1964

In the seventies. new companies were formed in South Africa, Australia, and Brazil.

When founder Dr. Stanley J. Buckman died in 1978, leadership passed to his son Robert H. Buckman who became CEO. Robert’s cousin Steven B. Buckman was elected President and Chief Operating Officer in 1987. In the 1980s and 1990s, Robert H. Buckman pushed for greater global communications within the company to enhance business operations. He recounted these efforts in a book he wrote entitled “Building a Knowledge-Driven Organization”.[1] In 1991, two new companies were created in New Zealand and Singapore.

In April 2000 Robert H. Buckman retired and Steven B. Buckman assumed the CEO position. Robert’s daughter Katherine Buckman Gibson was elected Chairman of the Board.[2] To support future growth in Asia, Buckman founded a company in Shanghai, China, in 2000.[3] The following year, in 2001, Buckman acquired the Eclipse Chemical Company, a purchase that at the time placed Buckman as the third largest water treatment company in Canada.[4]

In 2004, Buckman received the US EPA Presidential Green Chemistry Award for enzymatic stickies control[clarification needed] in recycled papers.[5]


Wagga Wagga, Australia; Singapore; Shanghai, China<

Ghent, Belgium;

Mpumalanga, South Africa; Campinas, Brazil; Cuernavaca, Mexico

Memphis, TN ;Vaudreuil-Dorion, Canada; Cadet, MO


  1. ^ Buckman, Robert H., Building A Knowledge-Driven Organization. McGraw-Hill (2004) ISBN 0-07-138471-5
  2. ^ Hunter, Dave. (2001, April 25). Buckman Labs Rides the Changes. Chemical Week, 40-41.
  3. ^ Barton, Christopher. (2000, December 21). Buckman Labs to construct chemical plant in China. Memphis Commercial Appeal, Section C, Money & Business, p. 1.
  4. ^ Barton, Christopher. (2001, January 4). Buckman Labs buys Eclipse Chemical to expand in Canada. Memphis Commercial Appeal, Section C, Money & Business, p. 1.
  5. ^ Patrick, Ken. (2004, September). Enzyme Technology Improves Efficiency, Cost, Safety of Stickies Removal Program. PaperAge, 22-25.

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