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

allnex Announces New Channel Partner Alliance With Palmer Holland


Cleveland, OH – Effective December 1, 2017 – allnex has appointed Palmer Holland as its Southeast region distributor for its Crosslinker and Radcure product lines. Adding to its existing footprint, Palmer Holland’s new territory will comprise all of the Midwest, Southeast, and East Coast regions.

allnex crosslinkers are used with epoxy, polyester, acrylic and alkyd resins and provide the desired balance of flexibility, exterior durability, chemical resistance and film toughness.

allnex is the pioneer in UV resin / Radcure technology and applications development. It is the world’s leading producer of complete solutions for energy-curable coatings and inks, driving market growth and end-user acceptance of this unique technology.

For more information, contact your Palmer Holland account manager or the Palmer Holland allnex Business Manager, Mike Johnson, at 724-554-5074 or

About allnex:
allnex, a global company with revenue of €2 billion, is a leading producer of coating resins and additives for architectural, industrial, protective, automotive and special purpose coatings and inks. The company is recognized as a specialty chemicals pioneer and offers an extensive range of products including innovative liquid resins and additives, radiation-cured and powder coating resins, and additives and crosslinkers for use on wood, metal, plastic, and other surfaces. allnex also supplies materials to the construction, composites and manufacturing markets.

Clariant Expands Partnership With Palmer Holland in North America

  • Palmer Holland will be sole distributor for additives in Canada
  • Expands on existing relationship supporting all of North America

Charlotte, N.C., November 15, 2017Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, announces an expanded partnership with Palmer Holland for the business unit Additives in Canada. Adding to their existing responsibilities, Palmer Holland will become the sole regional distributor in North America for Clariant’s performance additives, flame retardants, and waxes.

Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Palmer Holland has more than 40 solution providers stationed across the United States and has been an authorized distributor for Clariant Additives since 2012. They became the primary distributor for Clariant Additives covering the entire United States in 2016.

Clariant’s Additives business is a major supplier of products and solutions with functional effects in plastics, coatings and printing inks, adhesives, textiles & fibers and other applications. Its portfolio includes a large variety of innovative and sustainable flame retardants that meet high safety and fire protection requirements as well as performance additives and waxes that improve heat, light, and weather resistance, among other benefits.

Marketed under the trade name Exolit®, Clariant‘s patented non-halogenated flame retardants provide environmentally more compatible protection for buildings, electric and electronic equipment as well as textiles and other materials used in airplanes, trains, busses and ships. Clariant also manufactures innovative waxes for plastic applications, hot melt adhesives, polishes and protective coatings. Its Performance Additives prevent oxidation, dissipate electric charge accumulation and improve heat, light and weather resistance.

Clariant has made sustainability a key element of its business approach. Numerous solutions have been awarded the Clariant EcoTain® label for outstanding sustainability and best-in-class performance. EcoTain labeled products have undergone a systematic, in-depth screening process using 36 criteria in all three sustainability dimensions: social, environmental and economic.

About Clariant:
As one of the world’s leading specialty chemical companies, Clariant contributes to value creation with innovative and sustainable solutions for customers from many industries. Our portfolio is designed to meet very specific needs with as much precision as possible. At the same time, our research and development is focused on addressing the key trends of our time. These include energy efficiency, renewable raw materials, emission-free mobility, and conserving finite resources. Our business units are organized into four Business Areas: Care Chemicals, Natural Resources, Catalysis and Plastics & Coatings.