CRC Industries

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CRC Industries is a manufacturer and distributor of industrial chemicals for maintenance and repair of marine, electrical, industrial, automotive and aviation equipment.[1][2]

It was founded in 1958 after a verbal agreement between Rocket Chemical (the predecessor of the WD-40 Company) and Charles J. Webb II to distribute WD-40 fell apart; Webb set up a company in Philadelphia to directly compete with Rocket and Norman Larsen, then the president of Rocket, left to lead it.[3] CRC was originally called Corrosion Reaction Consultants, Inc. and in 1960 employed 2 chemists and five staff, along with Larsen.[4] Its first product was CRC Corrosion Inhibitor, also called 5–56.[3]

The company has been owned by Berwind Corporation since 1981.[3]

CRC is headquartered in Warminster, Pennsylvania, and markets products through subsidiaries in the United States, Australia, Germany,[5] Belgium, United Kingdom and New Zealand.[1][2]

Their facilities in Warminster include a private railroad spur, served by the New Hope and Ivyland Railroad. Traffic on the spur constitutes a sizable portion of the railroad's freight traffic; CRC Industries is their largest freight customer.


  1. ^ a b CRC Industries on Berwind Corporation website, retrieved 2011-04-04
  2. ^ a b "Company Overview of CRC Industries, Inc". Bloomberg. Retrieved 29 January 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c "The CRC Story" (PDF). CRC Industries. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 May 2006. 
  4. ^ Industrial Research Laboratories of the United States (10th ed.). National Academies. 1960. p. 129. 
  5. ^ Germany Office