The Story of Cesco Solutions, Inc.
The Cesco chemical business was established in the 1960′s and purchased by Browning Ferris Industries (BFI), a multibillion dollar company today. During the early 1980′s BFI sold Cesco and the Company reorganized itself as an S corporation. In the Northwest, Cesco originally provided cleaning products and services to the pulp and paper, petrochemical and food processing industries in Washington and Oregon. In the mid 1980s, Karl Larsen, first as one of the Company’s leading sales representatives, and later as Vice President of Sales, recognized an opportunity to go beyond Cesco’s traditional product line and provide custom solutions for heavy industrial applications. The Company began working with its customers to improve existing products and create more effective chemical programs to solve difficult industrial issues. This approach spurred product development and enhanced the Company’s product line. As a result, Cesco’s customer base grew as well.
In 1992, Mr. Larsen acquired the Company and, as President, focused the business entirely on providing innovative specialty chemical solutions for heavy industrial customers. Today, Cesco provides products and services to a well-established list of blue-chip companies, as well as a variety of customers across the United States and Canada. During the past few years, the Company has developed strategic business relationships with established specialty chemical companies in Latin America, China and India. Cesco is currently shipping products to these markets as a result of these collaborative relationships.
Cesco has been consistently profitable and exhibited considerable growth since its acquisition in 1992. In 2002, the Company opened another production facility in the Houston metro area, creating additional opportunities in the large Texas refinery industry and the southern United States pulp and paper and wastewater treatment industries.
Cesco continues to work with customers in each industry to evaluate problems and to devise solutions that address environmental regulation, productivity and cost.