Pilot Chemical Company Opens New Innovation Center

New Center Embodies Company’s Commitment to Innovation

PITTSBURGH – Pilot Chemical Company officially opened its new, state-of-the-art Innovation Center in Pittsburgh, Pa., on July 25. The center -- an expansion of the Pilot Polymer Technologies laboratory facility in Pittsburgh -- doubles the size of the original facility. Pilot Chemical has added nine new roles to staff the facility, built to address customer needs and develop new products.

The construction of the Center is a tangible milestone in Pilot Chemical’s Technology and Innovation Initiative, which the company launched in January. Under the Initiative, the company is investing $5 million this year – and millions more over the next five years – in technology and innovation. 

Pilot Chemical’s Vice President of Technology and Innovation, Patrick McCarthy, was joined by the company’s CEO and President, Pam Butcher, and the chairman of the company’s Board, Paul Morrisroe, for the official ribbon cutting.

“The construction of the Innovation Center reflects Pilot Chemical’s firm commitment to innovation and our customers,” said Butcher. “With the opening of this Center and the planned opening of a Technology Center in Cincinnati in the near future, Pilot is ready for the future and the changing needs of the marketplace.” 

Pilot Polymer Technologies, Inc. (formerly ATRP Solutions, Inc.) is Pilot Chemical Company’s Pittsburgh, Pa. based specialty polymer technology subsidiary. Prior to being acquired by Pilot Chemical, the company had been in business for ten years after spinning out of Carnegie Mellon University. Pilot Polymer Technologies (PPT) utilizes controlled radical polymerization (CRP) in its fully operational synthetic chemistry research facility and has developed a new class of proprietary rheology modifiers for oil field and cosmetic markets. PPT has developed an extensive patent portfolio with 31 granted patents and has 48 patent applications pending. These patents protect its products’ compositions, uses and manufacturing processes. For more information, visit

Pilot Chemical Company is a privately owned and independent global specialty chemical company providing high quality products and services to the disinfecting, sanitizing and cleaning; metalworking and lubricants; oil field and emulsion polymerization industries. Its proprietary core technologies involve alkylation, sulfonation, sulfation and a number of other specialty operations, including the production of biocidal quats, tertiary amine derivatives, polymers and organometallic fuel additives. Pilot, an industry leader in chemical innovation and safety, owns the most state-of-the-art continuous sulfation process in North America, is a leader in quaternary ammonium compounds, and is the world’s largest manufacturer of disulfonates. Pilot is certified under the American Chemistry Council’s Responsible Care® program. Pilot Chemical Company is headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. For more information, visit

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