A Conversation With…Bill Rosenberg Jr., Columbia Chemical
Bill Rosenberg Jr. is the chairman of Columbia Chemical by day, and a rock guitarist by night. The company his father, Bill Sr., and partner, Herb Geduld, founded in 1975 is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. We caught up with Bill as he was tuning his numerous guitars that he plays in a band with friends.
PF: How have things changed at Columbia since 1975?
BR: When we began to export around the world, it wasn’t as difficult for us to meet the regulations required to do that. Then came ELV and now REACH. It takes a team of people to ensure that we’re in compliance with all these federal regulatory agencies. We even now have to deal with the DEA because apparently one of our raw materials can be used in the production of illicit drugs; thank you very much Breaking Bad! The bar is also much higher these days on the business side as well. I can’t imagine how difficult it would be to start a manufacturing company, let alone a chemical company.