Arkema Expands Territory Agreement with Palmer Holland

Cleveland, OH – Effective February 1, 2018– Arkema announced the expansion of the geographic distribution territory of Palmer Holland for the Orgasol® and Rilsan® D products for coating additive applications.


Palmer Holland’s distribution territory will now extend from New England, across the northern U.S., to the West Coast, including the states of Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Utah, and Arizona. Accounts in the region currently serviced directly by Arkema will continue in the same manner.


The Orgasol® and Rilsan® D products are high performance coating additives, designed mainly for liquid and UV coatings. Based on Arkema’s specialty polyamide chemistry, these high performance additives improve multiple performance aspects of the formulation, such as abrasion resistance, chemical resistance, gloss reduction, hardness, and also texture creation. These products are used in multiple market segments, such as coil, wood, automotive, electronics, and transfer paper.


"Since 2009, the Palmer Holland organization has done an outstanding job promoting these high value added products," commented Josh Gingras, North American Business Manager. "The Orgasol® and Rilsan D® product ranges are a good fit with the Palmer Holland organization. We look forward to supporting them as they grow the business in the expanded distribution territory.”


Ron Zmich, Vice President of Sales at Palmer Holland, added, “It has been a pleasure partnering with Arkema’s specialty polyamides team over the past 10 years. We look forward to contributing to continued growth in this product space for years to come across this expanded service footprint.”


For more information about the Orgasol® and Rilsan® D products, please visit and, or go to


 Orgasol-Rilsan Coatings Additves Brochure.pdf (3.6MB)


About Arkema
A designer of materials and innovative solutions, Arkema shapes materials and creates new uses that accelerate customer performance. Our balanced business portfolio spans high-performance materials, industrial specialties and coating solutions. Our globally recognized brands are ranked among the leaders in the markets we serve. Reporting annual sales of €7.5 billion in 2016, we employ approximately 20,000 people worldwide and operate in close to 50 countries. We are committed to active engagement with all our stakeholders. Our research centers in North America, France and Asia concentrate on advances in bio-based products, new energies, water management, electronic solutions, lightweight materials and design, home efficiency and insulation.

About Palmer Holland
Established in 1925 as Palmer Supplies Company, today Palmer Holland is a national specialty chemical distributor of raw materials with its headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio and 40+ account managers stationed across the United States. We are a private, employee-owned company which allows us greater flexibility in the marketplace and a dedicated platform for long-term success. This flexibility allows us to provide our customers and principals with the most effective and efficient solutions. Our partners are rooted in the areas of CASE (coatings, adhesives, sealants, elastomers), lubricant, personal care, agriculture, health & nutrition, and plastics markets. For more information about Palmer Holland, please visit the company's website at

Palmer Holland Adds Two Veterans As Technical Specialists To Support Sales Team

We are pleased to announce that we have added Rich Najdusak as a Coatings Technical Specialist and Cathy Novak as a Lubricant & Metalworking Technical Service Specialist.

Rich Najdusak’s extensive technical experience includes over 30 years in the paint & coatings industry. Previously he held positions as Laboratory Manager and Technical Specialist at Borchers additives (formerly OM Group). Prior to Borchers, he spent the majority of his career at the SCM (Glidden)/ ICI/ Akzo Nobel as a chemist, Section Leader, and Technical Manager for the Glidden solvent-based coatings and Devoe Protective Coatings product lines.

Throughout his prolific career in the industry, Najdusak has presented papers at numerous coatings societies and tradeshows including the Eastern Coatings Show, Western Coatings Show, Los Angeles Coatings Society, St. Louis Coatings Society, Cleveland Coatings Society, Chicago Society for Coatings Technology, and Southern Society for Coatings Technology and has been published in CoatingsWorld and PCI magazines. Najdusak’s main responsibility will be to provide additional technical support to the Palmer Holland sales team with travel and education for all coatings related product lines.

Cathy Novak joins Palmer Holland as a Lubricant & Metalworking Technical Service Specialist with over 30 years of experience as a metalworking fluids formulator in the lubricant and metalworking markets. Most recently Novak was the Technical Sales Manager at Lanxess/Rhein Chemie for six years. Prior to that she owned and operated FormCut Engineered Fluids for 10 years before selling to Eastern Oil where she would become the Technical Director for 13 years.

Novak is a past president of the Independent Lubricant Manufacturers Association (ILMA) as well as a former member of its board of directors. She is also a current member and past chair of the ILMA Metalworking committee and SHERA committee. In her new role, Novak will be available to support Palmer Holland Account Managers across all principal lines in the metalworking and lubes markets with travel, education, and general industry support.

Najdusak’s and Novak’s extensive depth of knowledge in the coatings and lubricant & metalworking markets, respectively, and their tireless commitment to improving those markets make them perfect fits to support the Palmer Holland sales team throughout the country.

For more information, please email or visit the Palmer Holland website at