Stepan Company was founded in 1932 by Alfred C. Stepan Jr., and the chemical manufacturing company remains family-owned today. Headquartered in Northfield, Illinois, Stepan manufactures basic and intermediate chemicals, including surfactants, specialty products, germicidal and fabric softening quaternaries, phthalic anhydride (P.A.), polyurethane polyols and special ingredients for the food, supplement and pharmaceutical markets.
With more than 1,800 employees and 16 manufacturing locations worldwide, Stepan is one of the largest surfactant manufacturers in the world. Surfactants are a key ingredient in consumer and industrial cleaning compounds, and Stepan provides expertise for commercial and industrial applications, ranging from emulsifiers for agricultural insecticides to agents used in oil recovery.
Stepan offers a broad range of products, including a full line of anionic, cationic, nonionic and amphoteric surfactants, as well as surfactant blends and specialty esters. The company also creates custom surfactants and formulated blends to meet unique customer demands.
Stepan Company is a leading manufacturer of polymers, including phthalic anhydride (P.A.), polyester polyols and specialty polyurethane foam systems. We marry our innovative STEPANPOL® polyol chemistry, vertically integrated supply chain, customized STEPANFOAM® foams and market-leading technical service to meet the needs of our global customers.
Stepan produces other specialty chemicals, often custom-made to meet individual needs. These include flavors, emulsifiers and solubilizers used in the food and pharmaceutical industries.
All of Stepan’s 16 manufacturing plants, located in 12 countries throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia, are ISO 9001:2000 certified. With global R&D centers, responsive sales and logistics organizations and a worldwide distribution network, Stepan offers a broad portfolio of products to customers in any location.
As a global chemical manufacturing company, Stepan has established an effective global distribution network, utilizing qualified distributors and serving all targeted markets around the world. The company is fully dedicated to serving our small customers, and the distribution strategy is structured by geographic region.