Welcome to Ethox

The American Chemical Company®

Since its formation in 1968, Ethox Chemicals has served the industry with quality products and service. The concept of specialized service to each customer has proven successful over the years, and that is what Ethox strives to maintain.

As well as providing custom and toll manufacturing services, Ethox provides a broad range of surface-modifying products employing a wide range of chemistries including alkoxylation, esterification, phosphation, sulfation, and custom synthesis.

Ethox Chemicals is a privately held company with about 155 employees. It is part of the Piedmont Chemical group. We are located on a 45-acre site in Greenville, South Carolina. This location lends us strategic advantages including railroad access and close proximity to Interstate 85. Read more

Monthly Highlight


Benefits found in production and performance of aqueous alkyds

The conversion of alkyds to waterborne form has a number of problems. Very high viscosities may occur during the invert emulsion process, while the surfactants used may impair the properties of the dried film. A new emulsifier that crosslinks during drying can improve final properties, while allowing emulsification to be completed before the solvent is stripped from the original alkyd.

Upcoming Conferences/Tradeshows

July 10, 2019

American Coatings Show

RESCHEDULED – New Date TBDIndiana Convention Center, INhttps://american-coatings-show.com/conference-2020/Booth #981 The American Coatings CONFERENCE brings industry professionals together to expand their knowledge of the latest technology trends […]
July 11, 2019


RESCHEDULED – New Date TBD WebsiteRosemont, IL MWSCC Teamworks serves as the main event for the Midwest Chapter of SCC and the central northeast region of […]
July 12, 2019

Suppliers Day NY

RESCHEDULED – New Date TBDNew York City, NYBooth #981http://nyscc.org/suppliers-day/ From evolution to revolution. NYSCC Suppliers’ Day is proving to be the most important annual event on […]

Markets & Industries

Agricultural Chemicals
With an ever-increasing global population, it has become more important than ever to maximize efficiency in growing crops. Ethox products are designed to boost productivity and maximize yields while being safe for the environment. We meet modern formulation necessities with high-grade solutions, aiding in the stability and biological performance of crop protection, green solvent, seed treatment, and fertilizer products. We have a large line of inert adjuvants that enhance the properties of a spray or pesticide.Read more
Coating Additives
Although used in very small quantities, additives can have a huge impact on coating and ink performance and application properties. Used in the right order, at the right time, and at the right levels, additives can help improve the appearance and durability of a coating, the flow of paints and inks, the efficiency of the manufacturing process, and even the sustainability of formulations. Read more
Metal Working Fluids
As in many our other fields of specialization, Ethox products can be used in either very particular or broad aspects of metalworking, depending on the chemical. One our most requested functions is lubrication, and we have numerous products that we can help pick for your specific application. Read more
Mining, Ore Floatation
Ethox supports a wide range of technologies designed specifically for the mining industry including activators, collectors, depressants, modifiers, frothers, and degreasers, many of which are effective over a broad range of flotation conditions and ore types. Read more
Oil & Gas Production
Ethox has unique oil field industry experience producing customized, affordable solutions by collaborating with clients to meet their specific requirements. Our production process involves working up small batches based on customer feedback of how effectively the product performs, followed by large batches in our reactors once the best formulation has cooperatively been established. Read more
Paper Processing
The paper processing industry requires very particular qualities for the different types of products produced, and Ethox is advantageously positioned to be able to provide a high degree of quality and specificity to the chemicals we offer at any stage. Read more
Personal Care
If you want to differentiate yourself in the personal care industry, you must supply a product that offers innovation and consistent performance. Through our years of experience in the field and a deep understanding of an ingredient’s possible uses, we guarantee added value to your application. Protection, performance, and safety are hallmarks of our personal care products which are manufactured and quality checked to the highest standards. Read more
Specialty Surfactants
Surfactants are compounds that lower the surface tension (or interfacial tension) between liquid to liquid, liquid to gas, and liquid to solid interfaces. Surfactants may act as detergents, wetting agents, emulsifiers, foaming agents, dispersants, and more. Read more
Textile Auxiliaries
The manufacturing process within the textile industry is long and has many chemical treatments. The procedure includes the pretreatment, dyeing, printing, and refinement of fabrics. Pretreatment chemicals include a host of different surfactants with many designed for specific uses. Read more
Chemical admixtures are the ingredients in concrete other than portland cement, water, and aggregate that are added to the mix immediately before or during mixing. Producers use admixtures primarily to reduce the cost of concrete construction; to modify the properties of hardened concrete; to ensure the quality of concrete during mixing, transporting, placing, and curing; and to overcome certain emergencies during concrete operations. Read more


  • Doing our part to reduce dioxane levels!

    There has been a concern for the 1,4-dioxane levels in products for many years. The governor of New York acted on this concern by signing a bill into law in December of 2019. This law goes into effect on January 1, 2022 which limits the dioxane levels to 10 ppm in cosmetics and 2 ppm for household cleaners (1 ppm by January 1, 2023). This maximum level would only pertain to the final end use product and not the single components in each product. All sales of these products are banned if they are above the maximum 1,4-dioxane levels. 

  • High Performing Waterborne Alkyd Coating Recipes

    The E-Sperse® RX Series are reactive emulsifiers which make stable, high solids waterborne emulsions from existing solvent-based alkyds. The RX Series products cure into the alkyd upon drying giving improved coating hardness and adhesion compared to competitive surfactants. They do not add to VOC, are APE-free, and often lower the surfactant usage rate compared to other surfactants. The RX Series products eliminate the need to design new alkyds especially for waterborne formulations.

  • Exploring the Agricultural Market with our President, Chuck Hinton


    Ethox Chemicals is a proud member of SOCMA, which is the only U.S.-based trade association representing the specialty manufacturing sector. Recently, SOCMA interviewed our President, Chuck Hinton, on his thoughts of the challenges in the agricultural market and trends.

    Chuck began his career in the chemical industry in 1973 at Celanese/FII as an R&D chemist. He joined Ethox in 1975, where he worked in technical sales. After 15 years, Chuck became Vice President and in 2008 he took the reigns as President. He has been active in SOCMA since 1989 and served on the Board of Governors from 2008-2015. He received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from West Georgia College in 1969 and his Ph.D. in chemistry from Clemson University in 1973.