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

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Ethox offers a large variety of personal care products.
Click below to download our tech data sheet with an alphabetical listing by INCI of our personal care products. You can also click here to browse the individual product information we have available for download.

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


  • Is supplying naturally derived sustainable personal care products important for you?

    Consumers are now more than ever concerned with the ingredients in their personal care products that they use. Consumers are especially concerned about the products containing parabens, synthetic colors, and phthalates. The labelling of these products has become more detailed and transparent and consumers are using this in their purchasing decisions (59% of women read the labels before purchasing beauty products). Studies have shown that these same concerned customers do not care that these natural products do not typically perform as well as the synthetic products. For these reasons, it is imperative to find renewable, sustainable, naturally derived raw materials.

  • What will Specialty and Agro chemicals be like in the next 50 years?


     The specialty and agro chemical industry is rapidly changing faster now more than ever. There is a need to develop solutions to the current and future problems caused by growing populations and the need to lessen the environmental impact. Ethox Chemicals, FarmLab Innovations and Custom Synthesis, our sister company,

  • Ethox Chemicals Celebrating 50 years!

    Ethox Chemicals is a part of the Piedmont Chemical Group, which includes six companies. Piedmont Chemical Industries was founded in 1938 by Fred E. Wilson, Sr. to serve the textile industry in the southeast. What started as a small, two-man operation has today grown to include six companies in three states servicing a wide variety of industries. In 1938, after working as a salesman in the chemical industries for several years, Fred Wilson, Sr. decided to set out on his own and started Piedmont Color and Chemical, later to become Piedmont Chemical Industries. Piedmont enjoyed conservative but steady growth through its early years. By the 1960’s, it became evident that there was a need for a specialty raw material supply for the textile chemical market. As a result, Fred Sr. (along with his son, Fred Wilson, Jr. – the company’s current chairman) founded Ethox Chemicals in Greenville, SC. Ethox was able to supply much needed raw materials, allowing Piedmont to keep growing in the textile industry, while simultaneously entering the surfactant market. Over the years Ethox has diversified and that diversification has paid off, as Ethox is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Ethox has successfully weathered economic changes through diversification into many different industries, which today include: oil & gas, agriculture, personal care, metalworking, HI&I, paints & coatings, mining, and textile auxiliaries.