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About Us

Our People

The philosophy has always been "it's all about the customer" and about meeting the customer's requirements. All departments are evaluated and measured in relation to their ability to impact sales and customer satisfaction in a positive way. When a potential hire is interviewed, it is explained that even though they may not be applying for a customer service position, customer service is in every employee's job description. Every employee is, in some way, a sales representative from the company, here to serve both the internal and external customer. It is this philosophy that has made Ellsworth Corporation stand out from its competition. The people strive to be the best at what they do, at all times, driven by the customer's requirements and expectations.

Our business philosophy is to treat our employees with fairness and to employ enthusiastic people who are interested in a working relationship that is both beneficial to themselves and our organization. Our most valuable asset is the group of people who make up this company.

Our employees are an important part of this organization that has developed a reputation for quality products and excellent service to our customers. Our overall success and future growth depends on satisfying our customers. It is our employees who enable us to accomplish this goal.

Our History

In 1974, Ellsworth Corporation started in Milwaukee, WI, in the home basement of Paul Ellsworth's father, Paul Ellsworth, Sr., who also helped finance and organize the fledgling business. Soon after, Patsy Ellsworth joined the company after the birth of the couple's first child. She performed all office functions, such as customer service, purchasing, accounting, shipping, and receiving while their newborn son slept in the crib nearby.

A year later, the business had grown too large for the basement of Paul Sr.'s home. A steady procession of UPS and service trucks was beginning to cause a disturbance in the quiet suburban neighborhood. They decided then that the company should relocate to a new location, the basement office of a local shopping center. It was at this time that Ellsworth hired it's first employee, Judy Ernster, who is still with the company today. In 1976, Paul and Patsy purchased Paul Ellsworth Sr.'s stake in the company and became its sole shareholders.

In the 1980's Ellsworth Coproration started expanding with its first branch offices in Minneapolis and Chicago. The company grew rapidly, through a combination of organic growth and acquisitions, and soon developed a nationwide network of branches and sales people who could effectively service the manufacturing industry. In 1984, the company acquired KitPackers, a custom packager of a wide variety of chemical products. Shortly thereafter, the company also purchased Badger Adhesives, a custom formulator and toll manufacturer of resin materials. The Badger Adhesives name was changed to ResinLab. In 2012, both KitPackers and ResinLab moved into a newly constructed, 106,000 sq. ft. building in Germantown, WI business park. The building is located next door to the Ellsworth Corporation World Headquarters and Distribution Center.

In 1996, the company purchased the assets of Valley Adhesives, a formulator of hot melt and water-based materials for the packaging and converting industry. The name has been changed to The Glue Factory.

In the year 1999, Ellsworth Corporation acquired Glue Dots International, a manufacturer of various sizes and shapes of pressure sensitive adhesive on a release liner.

In 2013, Ellsworth Corporation acquired Fluid Research Corporation (FRC) located in Tustin, CA. FRC is a recognized leader in the engineering and manufacturing of meter, mix, and dispense equipment for both single and multi component reactive materials.

In 2014, Ellsworth Corporation acquired Nevada based equipment manufacturer, MoldMan Machines, a division of Cavist, Inc. With operations based in Reno, NV, MoldMan Machines specializes in low pressure injection molding. The name was later changed to MoldMan Systems LLC.

In 2015, Ellsworth Corporation acquired Heartland Adhesives, a local hot melt adhesive manufacturing company with operations based in Germantown, WI. Heartland Adhesives specializes in manufacturing pressure sensitive hot melts and a leader in the formulating and manufacturing of PSA hot melts for labels, tapes, and light structural product assembly.

Ellsworth Corporation continued to expand through the years and moved its distribution center five times before eventually building its current 146,000 sq. ft. World Headquarters and Distribution Center in 2003 in the Germantown, Wisconsin business park.

Ellsworth Corporation has developed a reputation in the industry for providing an unusual combination of excellence in distribution as well as the most comprehensive level of technical expertise available. Today, Ellsworth Corporation has grown into one of the largest distributors of specialty chemicals in the world and has developed unique technologies and operating strategies in the manufacturing industry.

Our Global Footprint

Ellsworth Corporation currently has distribution and manufacturing operations in 21 countries, including the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Latin America, Europe, Mainland China, Hong Kong, India, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Philippines, and Singapore. The company plans to continue to expand its international operations around the globe to support the demands of its customers.

Ellsworth Global Map

Ellsworth Corporation has a family of companies that provide a unique portion of that total solutions for our customers. It isn't enough to provide our customers with material but to also help them with packaging, formulation, dispensing, equipment, and other value added services. To learn more about our family of companies visit our Divisions page.

Our Mission - What We Do

To drive global design and process performance through adhesive and other formulated resin systems, automation, and services.

Our Vision - What We Want to Achieve

To become the world's premier provider of adhesive systems and services.

Our Values - How We Do What We Do