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Our 150 Years History

A Century & a Half of Performance, Progress and Possibility

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) was founded in 1872 (originally called the Manufacturing Chemist Association of the United States). ACC represents more than 190 companies engaged in the business of chemistry — an innovative, economic growth engine that helps solve some of the biggest challenges facing our country and the world.

In 2022, ACC celebrated its sesquicentennial — 150 years of performance, progress & possibility.

150 Years

A Message from Our President & CEO

2022 marks a special milestone for the American Chemistry Council (ACC) — our sesquicentennial. As we celebrate, it is important for us to reflect on the past and focus on the future.

ACC, then the Manufacturing Chemists’ Association, was officially founded 150 years ago. Some of the objectives in its constitution were to “protect against unwise legislation and unjust freight discrimination” and to “promote and aid any other matter of general interest to the Acid and Chemical industries.” While times were much different then, we still support our industry in similar ways. We remain committed to representing our members using best-in-class advocacy, political engagement, communications, and scientific research.

To all our members, stakeholders, employees, and friends – I thank you for your continued commitment to ACC and the chemical industry. For the next 150 years, we look forward to enhancing performance, increasing progress, and fulfilling possibilities.

Happy 150 years of ACC!

Chris Jahn Signature
Chris Jahn
President & Chief Executive Officer

American Chemistry Council

150 Years

A Timeline of Our History

Over the past 150+ years, the American Chemistry Council has helped our members navigate a complex landscape of chemical regulation & legislation while advocating for crucial chemistries that are imperative for society today. Check out the journey below.

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