Acme-Hardesty Introduces New Household, Industrial and Institutional Business Unit with Experienced and Energetic Leader

Blue Bell, PA – Acme-Hardesty, a division of Jacob Stern & Sons, Inc., is an industry leader in sustainable, specialty ingredients. As Acme-Hardesty continues its significant growth journey, we have formed a new Strategic Business Unit (SBU) under the name Household, Industrial and Institutional (HI&I). This new Strategic Business Unit will focus specifically on several new and expanding market segments including:

  • Air Care
  • Candles
  • Fabric Care
  • Surface Cleaning
  • Wet Wipes

Along with the creation of a new SBU, Acme-Hardesty has internally promoted experienced and energetic leader, Bob Malenchini. Bob has considerable knowledge and understanding of the HI&I industry leaning on his expertise in the Personal Care industry where he served as National Sales Director – Personal Care, with Acme-Hardesty, for 5 years. Acme-Hardesty will continue the diversification and growth of our HI&I product portfolio focusing on specialty additives for household and commercial applications such as dish care, laundry, air care, and surface cleaners.

“I am committed to facilitating a smooth transition with our new National Sales Director – Personal Care, Dawn Neuls. This is an exciting opportunity for Acme-Hardesty to focus and develop excellent relationships in the HI&I industry and I am thrilled to lead our team” – Bob Malenchini, Vice President Household, Industrial and Institutional Acme-Hardesty’s recently renovated Research and Innovation Laboratories will support our new HI&I SBU through formulation ideation and customer collaboration. Furthermore, supplier partners are able to work in partnership with Acme-Hardesty Chemists to explore new

applications. Acme-Hardesty is taking this step to proactively exceed the expectations of their customers and suppliers, and to differentiate themselves from traditional distributors.


“The Innovation Center’s new laboratory capabilities further strengthen our ability to provide value-driven solutions to our customer base; new product introduction via supplier development and innovation; and technical services support”. – Rishabh Shah, Directory of Technology: R&D, Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs

About Acme-Hardesty

Acme-Hardesty celebrates its 80th Anniversary! A division of Jacob Stern & Sons, Inc., Acme-Hardesty is one of the largest North American distributors of castor oil and derivatives, oleochemical derivatives, bio-based products, preservatives, and surfactants, as well as a full range of renewable palm-based glycerine, fatty acids, fatty alcohols, and specialty esters. A member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), Acme-Hardesty champions the use of sustainable, renewable products and the development of bio-based solutions for real-world applications in the future.

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