The Family History

As part of Jacob Stern & Sons, Inc., Acme-Hardesty is proud to share a long history of innovation and growth.

The launch of Acme-Hardesty

A chemical engineer named William Hardesty approached Lucien Katzenberg with the proposition of splitting tallow to yield glycerine, a substance that could be used to produce explosives. The idea was appealing to the family and the plant was commissioned to manufacture glycerine to help support World War II efforts. In the late 1940’s, Milton Katzenberg was able to secure new business relationships and moved the hides business to New York.