Aristotle once said, “In all things of nature, there is something of the marvelous”. This sentiment resolutely held by Henry Elbert “Bert” Schulz, even before the current ideals to respect and preserve the environment were popular, led him along with his father, W.H. Schulz, to find a way to convert streams of citrus wastewater into molasses and alcohol. The year was 1942 when they began selling their products from the “Florida Molasses Company”, later renamed Florida Chemical Company. The company is still owned by the Schulz family, and continues to be driven by the belief that nature holds a wealth of unearthed treasures.
Through innovation, organization and diversification, Florida Chemical has evolved into a technologically advanced, financially sound company with manufacturing facilities in Winter Haven, Florida, and Houston, Texas. The company also has four strategic warehouse locations in the United States. Florida Chemical Company currently operates in 80 international markets on five continents.
Florida Chemical Company is one of the largest processors of citrus oils in the world, producing large volumes of d-Limonene and Flavor and Fragrance compounds. D-limonene, occurring in nature as the main component of citrus peel oil, is the company’s principle product. It is a very effective, biodegradable solvent and degreaser. Due to its high solvency, attractive citrus odor, versatility, and GRAS rating (“Generally Recognized As Safe”) from the USDA, d Limonene can be used safely and effectively in a wide range of cleaning and degreasing applications. During the past 70 years, the company has successfully increased the awareness and utilization of d-Limonene as an effective replacement for petroleum and chlorinated based products. “FCC’s evolution in the past 70 years is quite remarkable”, stated FCC’s president Josh Snively, “The size and scope of the d-Limonene market today is a tribute to the vision Bert Schulz developed so many years ago. His passion for environmental stewardship and his entrepreneurial vision remain core principles we follow today.”