Houghton International Inc., a global leader in metalworking fluids and services, is celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2015 with a variety of global events.
The company recently held an open house at its headquarters in Valley Forge, Penn., U.S.A, where more than 200 people gathered for a product line exposition, laboratory tours, multimedia presentations, food from around the world and executive greetings.
“We are holding events in the communities we serve throughout the world to recognize collectively a company that’s been in business for 150 years,” said Houghton CEO Paul DeVivo. “It is so rare for a company to reach this milestone. We want our employees to be proud of this great achievement, and we want the business and local communities to know about the great work that Houghton has done to establish itself as a global market
Houghton will host open houses in Spain, England, France, Turkey, Germany, Italy, Poland, Brazil, Italy, Shanghai, Singapore, Thailand and India among other locations, each celebrating Houghton’s local history, products, people, culture, customers and impact.
Houghton was founded in 1865 as a producer of lubricants and rust preventatives, grew to provide a variety of sophisticated fluids to support industrial expansion, transportation
networks and U.S. military operations, and expanded globally in response to customer expansion and demand.
Today, Houghton has approximately 2,000 employees in more than 50 offices and manufacturing and research facilities throughout the world, including its corporate headquarters and research lab in Valley Forge. The company focuses on providing innovative and targeted solutions to enable global customers to maximize quality and productivity while achieving goals for safety and environmental responsibility.
The company was purchased in 2012 by Gulf Oil Corp. Ltd., which is part of the Hinduja Group.