Who We Are

Crown Chemical is a full-line manufacturer of innovative, high quality chemical products for a wide variety of institutional and industrial cleaning applications. We produce a comprehensive selection of liquids, powders and solid detergents for foodservice, laundry, janitorial, food and industrial plants, metal cleaning, car wash, and many other markets

We are a small company with the capabilities of a much larger one. As such, we have become a valuable resource to a large and growing list of distributor-customers across the United States and internationally, whom we support with:

  • Tremendous Industry Knowledge and Market Expertise
  • Extensive Manufacturing Capabilities
  • Complete Product Line with Hundreds of Available Formulas
  • Continuous New Product Development
  • Easy, Low Minimum Custom Blending
  • Attractive Private Branding Options
  • Outstanding Technical Skill in Chemical Formulating and Use
  • Prompt, Courteous Customer Service Dedicated to Distributor Success

We commit our efforts ever day to delivering high quality, cost-competitive products preferred by distributors and end users alike. Whether that product is a lotionized hand soap or a heavy duty caustic metal cleaner, distributors know they can count on us to support them every step of the way. This has been a guiding principle that has served us well for 50 years.


Contact us today and let us become your partner in the chemical business! 

What We Do

Crown maintains a modern production and research facility in Crestwood, Illinois (a Chicago suburb) dedicated to manufacturing an extensive line of liquid, powder, solid and portion-controlled detergents. Our manufacturing range includes Crown’s own branded products, private branded product, and toll blended formulas. We use modern blending, labeling and filling equipment for consistent and cost effective manufacturing processes, and utilize thousands of gallons of bulk storage capacity to assure constant material supply and cost control. Our Production Management Software provides an extensive computerized formula database and inventory tracking for raw materials and packaging supplies. In addition, our quality control systems and analytical capabilities assure consistent product performance.

Liquid Manufacturing

Liquid Batch Production

60 to 6,000 gallons

Liquid Packaging Capabilities:

32 oz., 64 oz. and 128 oz. bottles
2 ½ gallon handled carboys
5 gal. pails
15, 30 and 55 gallon drums
275 gallon IBC’s (totes)
1,000 to 6,000 gallon bulk tankers
Products for water soluble pods
Custom packaging available

Powder Manufacturing

Powder Batch Production

300 to 3,000 lbs.

Powder Packaging Capabilities:

Products for water soluble pods
2 lb. to 8 lb. jars (regular and handled)
25 lb. pails and boxes
50 to 300 lb. fiber drums
400 to 500 lb. steel drums
1,000 to 2,000 lb. supersacks
Custom packaging available

Solid Manufacturing

Solid Batch Production

1,000 to 4,000 lbs.
Solid Packaging Capabilities:
1,000 to 4,000 lbs.

Solid Packaging Capabilities:

4 lb. to 9 lb. handled jars
Custom packaging available

Our History

Crown Chemical was established in 1967 by William “Bill” Spain. Over a 20 year career in the chemical business starting in the 1940’s, Bill developed dozens of specialized detergent formulas for use in meat processing facilities in Chicago’s “Back of the Yards” neighborhood. He also developed many other products for machine shops, metal cleaning facilities and automotive operations. At that time, most of Bill’s products were powders, manufactured by a blending company on the south side of Chicago. When that company suddenly burned to the ground in the winter if 1966, with no prospects of being rebuilt, Crown Chemical was born. 

Crown initially focused on manufacturing products for Bill’s customers. Over time, distributors began to express interest in carrying Crown’s product, which now had grown to include liquids. Bill’s son, Jim Spain, joined the company in 1969 and worked very hard “pounding the pavement” to sell chemicals and grow the product line, expanding into the production of solid detergents in the late 1980’s. 

Now in its 3rd generation of family ownership, Crown has become an industry leader in chemical formulating and manufacturing. We now produce hundreds of formulas which, through many years of field testing and refinement, have earned the trust of distributors, facility managers and end users across the nation.

Bill and Jim Spain’s legacy of quality and service has shaped the company we are today, and continues to live through us. We work hard every day, as they did, to be the best chemical compounder in the industry. 

Our Affiliates

1.800.672.4065 | info@crown-chem.com
4701 W. 136th St. Crestwood, IL 60418

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