May 2017: The View from Jamestown


Market Updates

When considering the last few years, the chemical industry has seen a relatively strong start in 2017. What’s driving it forward, and can it continue? Click the image to read more. 


Dollars & Cents

$1.00 USD =

0.919 EUR
0.772 GPB
113.924 JPY
19.09 MXN

As of: 5/10/17.

Product Update

ChemFlexx TOTM

Tri-2-Ethylhexyl Trimellitate

The Chemical Company’s ChemFlexx TOTM is a primary branched monomeric plasticizer for polyvinyl chloride homopolymer and copolymer resins. 

ChemFlexx TOTM is a lasting primary plasticizer, suitable for PVC, cellulose nitrate, ethyl cellulose and poly methyl methacrylate. 

The Chemical Company is proud to add Butanol and 2 Ethylhexanol (2-EH) to its expanding product line. See informational product videos on each of the products above. To read more, click the product name.

Upcoming Tradeshows & Events

Click any image to schedule a meeting 

Eastern Coatings Show

May 15-18, 2017
Atlantic City, NJ

InformEx 2017

May 16-18, 2017
Philadelphia, PA


May 18-19, 2017
Sapporo, Japan


Oxo-Alcohols Europe

May 24, 2017
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Latin American Coatings Show

June 20-22, 2017
Mexico City, Mexico


Southwestern Fertilizer Conference

July 15-19, 2017
San Antonio, TX

Want to schedule a meeting?

What’s Happening at TCC?

The Beavertail Lighthouse Museum Association: 2017 Capital Fundraising Campaign

In June, the Roach Family is sponsoring a cocktail party for The Beavertail Lighthouse Museum Association, as part of their 2017 Matching Gift Capital Campaign. The Association has an outside donor willing to match up to $500,000 in donations collected during 2017. The donations and matched capital will be placed in an endowment for the association to use annually for building maintenance and upkeep.

Although it has been rebuilt, repaired and even moved, a lighthouse has sat at the current location since 1749, on the southern-most tip of Jamestown, Rhode Island. The association oversees the lighthouse and museum’s maintenance and function. For more information about Beavertail Lighthouse or the fundraising event, click the image below.

Chemical Educational Foundation

Rhode Island State Challenge Sponsor & President’s Club Member

Last week, members of the TCC team were on-hand for the 2017 Chemical Educational Foundation’s Rhode Island “You Be The Chemist” state challenge. Sixteen competitors in fifth through eighth grade made their bid to be the Rhode Island State Champion, moving on to the national competition in Washington D.C. in June. For more information, click the image. 



The Chemical Company

30 Second Commercial Spot: “What Is Chemistry?”

Media Contact: Ben Sawicki
Marketing Coordinator
The Chemical Company

April 2017: The View from Jamestown


Market Updates

 The Trump Effect
An inconsistent tone and policy plan from President Trump and international leaders has built uncertainty among global petrochemical supply chains. To read the full report from ICIS, click the above image.

RODIS Robot Improves Pipeline Safety
Diakont, a Russian-based company with offices in San Diego, CA, is developing RODIS, a robot with the ability to scan pipelines that have never before been able to be checked. To read the CNBC full feature, click the above image.

Dollars & Cents

$1.00 USD =

0.935 EUR
0.784 GPB
108.412 JPY
18.50 MXN

As of: 4/18/17

Product Update

The Chemical Company is proud to add Butanol and 2 Ethylhexanol (2-EH) to its expanding product line. See informational product videos on each of the products above. To read more, click the product name.

Upcoming Tradeshows & Events

PLASTEC New England

May 3-4, 2017
Boston, MA

PLASTEC New England is a comprehensive industry showcase for the latest equipment, products, and services from national and international exhibitors related to the plastic industry. The conference is a forum for industry professionals to collaborate, share knowledge, and improve business relations in the industry.  

APIC 2017
May 18-19, 2017
Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan

The 2017 Asia Petrochemical Industry Conference focuses on major industry issues happening across Asia and around the globe.
The 2017 conference theme is, “The Promise of Carbon Chemistry: Pathway to a Sustainable Future.”

Want to schedule a meeting?

What’s Happening at TCC?

Congratulations to our Captain’s Choice Recipients!

The TCC Captain’s Choice Award is a special recognition of outstanding performance in the workforce. At the end of each quarter, our staff votes for two employees who have exceeded expectations in sales and customer service.

Josh Savory, Logistics Coordinator – Josh Savory grew up in North Kingstown, RI and graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 2012. Today, Josh is the logistics manager for TCC. He oversees warehousing, repackaging, loading, and shipping, as well as the inventory for the local warehouse. Outside of work, Josh takes the time to enjoy and take in the landscapes that RI has to offer. Fishing, biking, kayaking and spending time at the beach are among his favorite pastimes. 

Tom Ultsch, V.P. Midwest Market – Tom Ultsch resides just outside of Pittsburgh, PA and has been with TCC for the better part of seven years. Today, Tom oversees the Midwest market for The Chemical Company and travels the country to connect with business partners and grow new business in the area.

Chemical Educational Foundation

Rhode Island State Challenge Sponsor & President’s Club Member

 The Chemical Company has partnered with The Chemical Educational Foundation (CEF). CEF organizes the annual You Be The Chemist Challenge®, a nationwide, interactive academic contest that encourages students in grades 5-8 to explore chemistry concepts and their real-world applications.
TCC is proud to be the Rhode Island State Challenge Sponsor, as well as a CEF President’s Club Member. For more information, click the logo to view the RI State Challenge.


The Chemical Company

30 Second Commercial Spot: “What Is Chemistry?”

Media Contact: Ben Sawicki
Marketing Coordinator
The Chemical Company

The View: Best Of October

What’s Happening At TCC?

K-Show – Guten Tag!kshow-booth2016

For the first time ever, TCC hosted an exhibit at the K-Show in Dusseldorf, Germany. Over 230,000 visitors with ties to the rubber and plastics industry navigated the halls of the Messe Dusseldorf. Our international sales team valued face-to-face interactions with customers and suppliers from around the world and enjoyed the hospitality offered at the U.S. Pavilion Exhibitors lounge. In their spare time, our team explored the city sights, especially the promenade along the Rhine River. 


TCC Recently Sponsored Project Scientist’s Charlotte Excursion

“It was an eye-opening day to see such enthusiasm from children as young as five-years-old asking women on the trading floor about their experiences” reflected Jessica Baker, TCC Marketing Manager. “Project Scientist’s emphasis on molding a better future for the next generation is precisely the passion that fueled our team at TCC to start our Love Chemistry campaign.”

The Annual Colorado Hunt

Our crew of customers, employees, and suppliers headed to Colorado this October to enjoy a week outdoors. It was a record-breaking year for the crew as they brought home the largest amount of game in the trip’s history, which will feed many families in the months to come. The week was filled with comradery, early mornings, and plenty of camouflage.

New Videos


Welcome Jill Goldstein, Our New Customer Service Team Member

Jjill_goldill is responsible for a variety of products at TCC, including urea, melafine, and Nature Flexx 509. Since graduating from college, Jill spent eight years with the Town of Jamestown implementing recreational programs and hosting events for the youth and adults of her hometown. She has lived in Jamestown since she was 13, and currently lives on the island with her six-year-old son, Dylan. She enjoys running, watching the Red sox and Patriots, and Sundays with her family. Jill decided to join the TCC team to make a change that advanced her career. The fact that TCC headquarters is in her hometown was a fortuitous perk. 


Several New Additions To The TCC Family: Ray Altenburger, VP Of Business Development celebrated many milestones this summer with his family.

Erin Altenburger married Luke Forster, originally from Australia. Eileen (Altenburger) Gerbay, married to Remy Gerbay and
living in London, are now the proud parents of
Ray’s new grandson, Louis August Gerbay, born on the 4th of July.
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The View: ICIS Top Distributor List, EPCA and Specialty & Agro Chemicals America

Special delivery update: European production is down in August due to vacation, please anticipate delays.

2016 results are in!

The Chemical Company has experienced another banner year. Our success is being amplified in the July 25 release of the ICIS Top Distributors List for 2016. Due to the unwavering dedication and outstanding performance of our team, of which many have been with us for decades, we moved up in the rankings in several categories, and we would like to thank them for their hard work.

Our overall placement amongst top distributors moved up from 128th to 114th. Sales by specific locations were also ranked. Competing in the North American Distributors category, we jumped 16 places from 58th in 2015 to 42nd in 2016. Lastly, we expanded our presence in Latin America this past year and experienced substantial growth in our Latin American operations. Our efforts are reflected by our move up in the rankings from 36th place in 2015 to the 31st spot this year.

As we continue to rise in the rankings through steady, carefully planned growth, we will reap the benefits with a successful future.

The Chemical Company Ranking Results By Year From ICIS

2016 2015
Overall 114 128
North America 42 58
Latin America 31 36
Europe 112 100

View ICIS Published Results Here

Visit Booth 709 at Specialty & Agro Chemicals America

TCC will be exhibiting at the annual Specialty Chem & Agro Show. Our sales team will be available at the two-day networking forum to discuss how to facilitate your unique chemical needs.

Where & When?

September 7th – 9th at the Belmond Charleston Place in Charleston, South Carolina

Why Attend?Charleston-South-Carolina

Specialty & Agro Chemicals America hosts this annual event to promote American based chemical manufacturing and domestic sales. The focus remains on chemical products and technologies with broad end uses to serve a wide range of industries.

Learn more about our extensive product offerings that includes coatings and adhesives and, plasticizers and polymer additives, composites, crop nutrition, and much more.

Contact to schedule a meeting with the TCC team.

See you at EPCA!

TCC will be attending the European Petrochemical Association’s annual meeting. Our team will be available throughout this event to discuss supply needs and product combinations to better improve your products and supply chain.

Where & When?


Why Attend?

This members only event, is an opportunity to join a strong and established association while networking and celebrating EPCA’s 50th year. The focus is on the petrochemical industry, which fuels a multitude of end uses including plastics, automotive parts, electronics and other every day products that serve our daily needs. The annual meeting serves as a unique assembly of industry executives to examine business development opportunities and gain knowledge about the petrochemical market.

Contact to plan a meeting with us!

Play Fore Playmakers Charity Golf Tournament

Commentary from Jay Munsey, Tournament Director

The 4th Annual Play fore Playmakers Charity Golf Tournament to benefit the Life is Good Kids Foundation ( was held on Monday, Jul 18th at the Sterling National Country Club.

The Life is Good Kids Foundation is a non-profit social work organization with a mission to spread the power of optimism to help kids overcome poverty, violence, and illness.

The Chemical Company (TCC) started off the day by sponsoring the Tee-Off Breakfast. In addition, TCC standout Joe Daversa also sponsored a foursome and hosted customers at the day-long event.

Red Sox legend Luis Tiant was also in attendance playing a round of golf and staying for pictures & autographs during the 19th Hole Reception. Luis’ foursome was an online auction item leading up to the tournament and three gentlemen had the honor of being the highest bidders to join Tiant for the day. In addition, there was a professional long ball driver on a par 5 hole from Charity Golf International. Mike Watson, whose longest drive in competition is 447 yards would hit for each foursome as a fundraiser.

The tournament was able to raise about $34,000, thanks in part to sponsors like TCC!

The View: LATAM, Federal Regulations & More

Quote of the Day

“It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”
—J. K Rowling

TCC Global Expansion—Latin America

Commentary from Javier Fernandez, LATAM Operations

LATAM-V1Over the last decade, The Chemical Company (TCC) has made Latin America a top priority. After considering the state of the industry, free trade agreements, country stability and geopolitical advantages, Central and South America offered a wealth of opportunities. The proximity to large petrochemical complexes on the Gulf Coast was an additional bonus and key factor in the decision to develop this potentially lucrative market.

Driven by a major capital expenditure, TCC placed resources behind hiring and training a team ready to offer personal service and technical expertise to this developing market. The company now offers multilingual service in English, Spanish and Portuguese, as well as other local languages to better serve clients and communicate with suppliers.

Our representatives, sales personnel, and technical support teams also offer years of experience in the chemical industry. They are knowledgeable and familiar with intermediates, polymer additives, active pharmaceutical ingredients (API), solvents and much more to support this development. Our technical team members are also available as a resource to formulate with our customers, giving technical presentations and working closely with R&D personnel.

This international presence has allowed TCC to offer a variety of products in an assortment of sizes with improved shipping and delivery. The expanded marketplace resulted in better bulk, rail, tank and repackaging capabilities in local markets with a network of offices, sales agents, convenient warehousing, and direct shipments to points around the globe.

TCC’s roots, although established firmly in the United States, have expanded to the global business arena. We are proud to have successfully integrated our team into the Latin American marketplace, allowing TCC to truly serve all of “The Americas”.

The Chemical Company and Federal Regulations

Commentary from Dennis Migneault, Regulator Affairs Manager

In the best interests of employees, clients, and everyone associated with the handling, packaging, transport, and use of our products, TCC makes every effort to adhere to current safety standards and comply with federal rules and regulations. All of the products that TCC offers are listed on the Toxic Substances Control Act Inventory. Whenever chemicals are listed on the TSCA Inventory, the substances must meet a number of conditions before they can be sold in the US. TCC staff always conducts thorough reviews designed to comply with federal guidelines.

TCC sent a senior staff member to Washington DC in April for a two-day review of TSCA requirements presented by Dentons US LLP, an international regulatory law firm that TCC has worked with in the past. The comprehensive program included more than ten different speakers. A talk by the acting director of the EPA Chemical Enforcement division reviewed a list of previous enforcement actions along with monetary fines assessed for being in violation of federal mandates. When the participants (40 in total) were asked how many had experienced an EPA audit, two hands went up, one of which was TCC’s, because we passed a successful audit and review of our records and procedures in 2013.

Upcoming Trade Shows & Conferences

SPI Vinyl Formulators Annual Conference
July 10th – 12th 2016 in Palm Beach, FL

Southwestern Fertilizer Conference
July 16th – July 20th 2016 in Austin, TX

Specialty Chem & Agro Show
September 7th – September 9th 2016 in Charleston, SC

June 2016 – TCC Annual Sales Meeting Recap

TCC hosted the Annual Sales Meeting this month in Mystic, Connecticut. Our international sales team, customer service representatives, and producing partners met for presentations and discussions at the Hilton Mystic hotel.

2016 TCC Sales ConferenceNumerous topics were covered during the conference, including:

  • Current Market Strategy
  • Future Expansion Opportunities
  • New Initiatives
  • Digital Marketing
  • Logistics

The event concluded with toasts to the team, producing partners & guests followed by dinner and dancing.


The team enjoyed a chance to unwind amongst the vines at Jonathan Edwards Winery Thursday night of the conference.



During the TCC Sales Conference dinner the final night of the conference, Nick Roach, CEO gave a toast to the team, producing partners & guests congratulating everyone on a successful year! The evening concluded with music and dancing.

Final Night TCC 2016 Conference

The View: Market Commentary & Forecasting

Quote of the Day

“Yesterday’s home runs don’t win today’s games.”
Babe Ruth

New Product Addition: At TCC, we have continued to broaden our product portfolio with the addition of:
Drums, rail cars and tank trucks are available. Please contact your sales representative for more details.

Market Commentary From TCC CEO, Nick Roach

Nearly fifty years in the oil and chemical industries have allowed me to experience just about every kind of market condition. Whenever a major market swing has occurred, varying forecasts range from dooms day to overly optimistic predictions. I have seen the pendulum swing both ways from the buyer’s side to the seller’s side. In both cases, some get far too greedy. Unfortunately, that is the dark side of the free enterprise system. In my experience, whenever this has occurred, capitalism has stepped in and the demand swing has rectified the situation.

If pricing doesn’t make sense, it won’t last, it’s just that simple. Anyone in business cannot lose money for very long and then start making excessively large returns. We all need to make a profit in order to pay our employees and continue to compete in the marketplace. However, only the companies that have placed themselves in a strong cost-efficient financial position will survive.

Forecasting Reasonable Increases

I believe that the cost reductions of the past two years directly related to oil have bottomed out. Consequently, chemicals will become more expensive. After years of sizeable purchasing savings, we are not planning for future decreases. In other words, I foresee that the markets will continue upward price pressure. In our forecasts, we are anticipating reasonable increases as the overall marketplace stabilizes.

While the market has recently been slower than many projected, my personal research with contractors, realtors, and retailers reveal that the market may have experienced a sudden swing. I sense that the second half of this year will bring an increase in demand. We are optimistic and trust that business will be picking up and the demand for chemicals will be stronger.

We look forward to supplying your requirements and will do everything possible to cover your demands.

Best regards,

Nick Signature


Upcoming Trade Shows & Conferences


TCC Annual Sales Convention
June 8th – June 11th 2016 in Mystic, CT

June 14th – 16th 2016 in New York, NY

SPI Vinyl Formulators Annual Conference
July 10th – 12th 2016 in Palm Beach, FL

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Campaign Update

TCC has recently held “Kids Be The Chemists Day” at TCC HQ!

Take a look at the event:

Love Chemistry Event