On November 11, 1911, 21-year-old Jay Zucker, the second eldest son of a working-class family in Cleveland, Ohio, started State Chemical Manufacturing Company. He began the company with a $75 investment and a single product - a floor-sweeping compound. Through hard work and perseverance, State built a foothold in Cleveland and started to slowly expand into other parts of Ohio. As the scope of operation grew, so did the product offering and number of employees.
In 1966 State expanded to a new headquarters and manufacturing facility on Hamilton Avenue in heart of Cleveland’s manufacturing district. In 2010 State acquired the 200,000-square foot Hebron Ohio manufacturing plant that remains the epicenter of the production business. In 2012 the corporate offices expanded into a dramatic art deco office in Mayfield Heights, Ohio.
As the business grew, new generations of the founding family took the management reins. Jay Zucker’s son Malcolm (Mac) Zucker became President in 1971. Mac’ son-in-law Hal Uhrman became President in 1989. Today, Seth Uhrman, Hal’s son and Jay’s great grandson, is the Chief Executive Officer.
This growth and expansion extended throughout the United States, followed by Puerto Rico and then Canada. Today, with 750 employees, State Industrial Products manufactures and distributes over 1,000 products throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, and stands as one of America’s most successful privately-held companies.