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Our History

Chemglass Life Sciences LLC

Chemglass Life Sciences LLC, was established in 2009. We are the distribution arm for Chemglass, Inc. manufactured scientific and chemistry products. Chemglass Life Sciences also carries a complete line of chromatography vials/closures and cell/ tissue culture products. Our ever-increasing product lines will keep us on the forefront of scientific innovation.

Chemglass Life Sciences will continue the tradition of excellence that has made Chemglass, Inc. products an integral part of chemistry performed in laboratories throughout the world. We will continue to provide the outstanding quality and service that you have come to expect.

In no way does the formation of this new company compromise the quality of the products or goodwill that Chemglass, Inc. has achieved over the past 70 years in the research community.

Chemglass Inc

Chemglass is a privately held, family owned business. The principals of the company are: Walter E. Surdam, CEO, Steve Ware, President, David Surdam, Vice-President and Philip Surdam, Vice-President.

The Company was founded by Walter P. Surdam in 1946. He was a glassblower by trade for the Kimble Glass Co. in Vineland and became a supervisor during World War II. Upon leaving Kimble Glass, he opened a small shop (about 2000 square feet) and employed two other glassblowers in the town of Newfield, about 5 miles from our present location.

In 1980, Chemglass moved to the new Vineland Industrial Park with fifteen employees into a new 6000 square feet building. As time went on and the company grew, four additions were added to that building, making a total of 30,000 square feet. By the mid 1990's, more space became necessary and the company purchased two other facilities in the Vineland area.

As the company continued to prosper, the plans for a new facility were initiated, those plans however, were never executed, as the current building we are in became available and the construction of the new building was not needed. After a year of remodeling and preparing for manufacturing, the majority of the operations moved in at the end of 2004.

Chemglass now has 240 employees, including 15 Account Managers covering the United States and operates 3 separate buildings with a total of 133,000 square feet.

Hopefully, you will find the information about the company, not only informative, but interesting. We would like to thank you for taking the time to visit our website.

Walter E. Surdam
CEO