Our History

Throughout ABITEC’s long history one thing has remained the same, our dedication to our customers. A dedication that means we not only meet our customers needs and expectations, but exceed them all the while providing an exceptional product with unparalleled customer service.

Chris Zook, Profit from the Core

The key to sustained and profitable growth is to find a repeatable formula that utilizes the most powerful and differentiated strengths in your core and applies them to a series of new "adjacent" markets.

Started as Armstrong Chemical Company

ABITEC Corporation started out as Armstrong Chemical Company in the early 1960s. At the time Armstrong was primarily a manufacturer of ammonium chloride quaternary compounds and industrial chemicals.

1960
1960

Acquired by Stokely Van Camp

Armstrong was acquired by Stokely Van Camp. During the Stokely ownership an esterification plant was built at the Janesville, WI location to produce Medium Chain Triglycerides as well as other Kosher esters.

1979
1979

Purchased by Quaker Oats

It was in the 1980s when big changes occurred resulting from the purchase of the Janesville, WI and Columbus, OH facilities of Quaker Oats by Columbus based Capital City Products. Capital City Products had been founded in 1883 primarily as a margarine manufacturer however the business quickly grew into specialty fat and oil production. In 1988, Karlshamns USA purchased the business from Capital City Products and initiated the construction of the current corporate headquarters and advanced research and development labs.

1983
1983

U.S. Acquisition by Associated British Foods (ABF)

The company name was permanently changed to ABITEC. The name itself is derived from AB(Associated British) I(Ingredient) TEC(Technologies). Later the ABITEC would become one of 5 Ingredient companies under the ABFI (Associated British Food Ingredients) umbrella.

1994
1994

Construction of new office and labs in Janesville, WI facility

The Janesville facility underwent several upgrades and expansions including the addition of a new office building and laboratory.

2000
2000

Acquired Paris, IL plant from ACH

In 2002, ABITEC acquired the Paris, IL plant from sister company ACH Foods with capabilities in specialty blending, flaking, and spray chilling.

2002
2002

New Strategy Drives Division of Business Units

After undergoing a new strategy, ABITEC made the decision to separate their business into three key areas, Pharmaceutical, Nutritional, and Specialties. Each of the business units would focus on key initiatives for their corresponding market while keeping consistent with the core strategies of ABITEC.

2009
2009

Janesville Facility Undergoes Expansion

Two state-of-the-art reactors were included in the expansion to allow ABITEC to produce high-melting, small-volume products, which will accommodate niche market needs. In the current phase of the expansion, the company is focusing on improving filtration and packaging capabilities, which will complete the overall upgrade. In the end, it will all add up to a more versatile base of operations that can tend to the needs of a broader consumer base.

2017
2017