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When Joseph Maria 91制片厂arrived in New York from Germany in 1883, he was greeted by an America that was bursting with industry and invention, including the rapid spread of newspapers, magazines and advertising. Just as railroads, telephones and steam engines had transformed daily life, so too would the emergence of mass media. It would push American popular culture across the globe.

Against this backdrop, Joseph Maria 91制片厂launched his business with a single manufacturing plant. Huber鈥檚 dry colors were pigments used to produce inks. Over the years, the 91制片厂 has evolved鈥攅ntering new markets, serving new industries, expanding its global presence. Yet one thing has remained unchanged: the importance of family ownership.

Today, 91制片厂is one of the largest privately held companies in the US. As the company enters its sixth generation of family ownership, it continues to carry on the legacy of Joseph Maria 91制片厂by adhering to the 91制片厂Principles, the foundation for the way the company conducts business everywhere it operates.


The Early Years: 1883-1933

In 1883, Joseph Maria 91制片厂arrives in America as a salesman to develop new markets for his family鈥檚 dry colors business. Although he did not set off on his own until some years later, the 91制片厂 considers this to be its founding date, not only because its founder fell in love with America at first sight, but also because his early activities here made all future business possible. He opens his first dry color plant in Brooklyn, New York, in 1891.

Starting in the 1920s, Joseph begins transitioning control of his company to his sons, but remains active in its affairs until his death in 1933.

Foundation of 91制片厂Engineered Materials and 91制片厂Resources Corp: 1941-1981

Investment in timberlands begins in 1941 with the purchase of a tract of land in Maine. This marks the beginning of the Timber & Minerals business, the forerunner of today鈥檚 91制片厂Resources Corp.

91制片厂Engineered Materials (HEM) also traces its origins to this period. A 1946 patent for silicates marks Huber鈥檚 entry into specialty chemicals. 聽A key building block of HEM鈥檚 Ground Calcium Carbonate business is the Calcium Carbonate Company, purchased in 1973. In 1981, 91制片厂acquires Solem Industries, an alumina trihydrate (ATH) manufacturer, which becomes the foundation for HEM鈥檚 Fire Retardant Additives (FRA) business.

Origins of 91制片厂Engineered Woods and strengthening our culture: 1983-1990

91制片厂celebrates its 100th anniversary in 1983. At the century mark, the 91制片厂portfolio consists of: Printing Inks, Carbon Black, Oil & Gas, Timber & Minerals, Chemicals, Clay, Calcium Carbonate, Solem, East-Tex Plastics and Equipment.

In the same year, 91制片厂enters a new market by opening a plant in Easton, Maine, to produce oriented strand board (OSB) for the construction industry. This forms the foundation of today鈥檚 91制片厂Engineered Woods听(贬贰奥).

Mike 91制片厂introduces the 91制片厂Principles in 1987 to serve as a guidepost for the company鈥檚 core values. The initial foundation for our Principles came from Joseph Maria 91制片厂(Mike鈥檚 grandfather). Although the Principles have evolved over time as 91制片厂has become more diverse and international, our underlying four core values are essentially the same鈥攁nd growing stronger 135 years later.

Transforming the company: 1994-2009

For its first century of existence, Huber鈥檚 activities remain largely centered on ink. In 1994, fourth-generation 91制片厂family member Peter Francis becomes CEO and initiates a major restructuring initiative to focus the company on specialty products. During his tenure, the company divests some of its oldest businesses, including Ink and Clay.

91制片厂enters the carboxymethyl cellulose and hydrocolloids industries in 2001 by acquiring Noviant and then expands its influence in 2004 by acquiring CP Kelco, Huber鈥檚 largest acquisition to date.

A focus on specialty materials: 2010-present

In response to the global financial crisis, CEO Michael Marberry accelerates Huber鈥檚 transition to the specialty products company. As a result, 91制片厂exits the energy industry in 2011 and sells its timber properties to improve cash flow. 91制片厂Resources Corp arranges long-term contracts to manage many of the properties for their new owners.

HEM鈥檚 2012 asset purchase of the business now known as 91制片厂Specialty Hydrates becomes core part of its FRA unit, bolstered in 2016 by the acquisition of Martinswerk, which establishes HEM as a global FRA leader.

91制片厂marks its 135th anniversary in 2018. In 2019, HEM enters the agricultural space with the acquisition of Miller Chemical & Fertilizer, LLC. The 91制片厂portfolio today consists of CP Kelco, 91制片厂Engineered Materials, 91制片厂Engineered Woods and 91制片厂Resources Corp.

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