About McGean

About McGean

McGean is privately held specialty chemical company with corporate headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio, USA and operations throughout the world. The company is a leader in chemical technology for aviation maintenance, and as a supplier of specialty (maritime) chemicals and batch custom manufacturing. Major markets serviced are: aviation, maritime industry, surface finishing, oil explorations and production, adhesives, sheet molded compounds, catalyst, personal care, glass and fiberglass. 

McGean History Timeline
1929, McGean Chemical Company founded in Cleveland, Ohio to produce inorganic and cast nickel anodes.

1931, Cee-Bee Laboratories Ltd, founded in Los Angeles to manufacture industrial cleaners.

1937 – 1945, McGean acquires New Jersey Antimony Company to become a major supplier of antimony oxide. Over the next 20 years, the company expands its product offerings to include electroplating additives, metallic naphthenates, chrome oxide, and catalyst grade nickel. During this period, McGean was t a key supplier of nickel technology for the Manhattan Project.

1945 – 1950, Cee-Bee laboratories develops a line of formulated products for the aviation market.

1955, Cee-Bee established first international Cee-Bee license with C. Itoh & Company of Japan.

1961, Cee-Bee established in England to support European aviation market.

1974, McGean re-emerges as independent private company with three business divisions: McGean-inorganic chemicals; Cee-Bee-aviation products; and Northwest – industrial surface treatments.

1976, McGean acquires Specialty Chrome Chemicals business from Diamond Shamrock, Inc to become a leader in trivalent chrome technology and products.

1980 – 1985, McGean acquires the R.O. Hull Company (Est, 1944) from Lubrizol Corporation and changes its name to McGean-Rohco, Inc. With the R. O. Hull acquisition, the company became a leader in electroplating and metal finishing technology. Via the acquisition, McGean obtained operations in England, Mexico, Australia, and Canada. During this period, McGean made several acquisitions to grow its metal finishing business.

1988, McGean sells Antimony Products business to Cookson Group (England) in order to focus on metal finishing, aviation, and specialty chemicals.

1990, McGean establishes McGean-Rohco Singapore (100%) wholly owned subsidiary as a platform for growth in the Asian aviation and specialty markets.
McGean enters the Custom Manufacturing business.
McGean acquires Specialty Polymers business from McDermid in increase its portfolio of metal finishing intermediates products and add additional custom manufacturing capacity.

1991, McGean acquires the Electronics Circuit Board Chemistry business from E.I. Dupont.

1996, McGean establishes first joint venture company in Wuxi, China fpr promotion of electroplating and metal finishing chemistry.

1997, McGean establishes joint venture in India for promotion of electroplating and metal finishing chemistry

2001, McGean sells worldwide electroplating, metal finishing, electronic chemicals business to Atotech (USA/Germany) and establishes strategic focus on the Cee-Bee Aviation Products business, the McGean Specialty Chemical business, and the McGean Custom Chemical Manufacturing.

2005 – 2008, McGean makes significant investment into existing Cleveland organic reactions facility installing multiple new glass, stainless pressure reactors and process control systems to support strategic growth in Custom Manufacturing and Specialty Chemicals.

2010, McGean Singapore established new joint venture company – McGean Aviation Aerpspace Materials (Suzhou, China).

In Cee-Bee Maritime McGean and MC&S have now joined forces in a partnership to realize the large scale introduction in the maritime market.

2014 – 2015, The Cleveland organic reaction facility continues expansion with installation of its largest stainless pressure reactor to further support Custom Manufacturing and Specialty Chemicals. Additional expansion at the Livonia, Michigan facility includes a 10,000 square foot warehouse addition, increased blending capacity, and laboratory equipment and office upgrade.

2016, McGean-Rohco Singapore expands warehouse, laboratory, and office facilities to support rapid expansion of Asian aviation market.

2017, Cee-Bee Aviation Materials in Xiamen, China is founded to support Chinese Aviation market growth.