Columbia Chemical

1000 Western Dr.
Brunswick, OH 44212 US


Company Overview

As your global plating partner, Columbia Chemical provides high quality, specialty chemistries to the surface finishing industry.  For more than 40 years, we have been defined by innovative R&D, quality manufacturing, responsive customer service and on-call technical support. 

Working together under one roof in our 44,000-square-foot headquarters in Brunswick, Ohio, our full-service team is ready to meet every specification and challenge. 

Functional and decorative platers trust Columbia Chemical for all their needs, from cleaners and acid inhibitors to brighteners, passivates and topcoats.  Our products hold a reputation for excellence across the industry among electroplaters who want top results from their zinc, zinc alloy, electroless nickel, and trivalent passivate baths. 

Our company is proud to be 100% employee-owned and ISO 9001:2008 approved.  With more than 20 distributors around the world, our reach is truly global.  We look forward to serving as your plating partner.

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A Message from Columbia Chemical

Solving Adhesion Issues with PICKLE PAL

Are you having adhesion issues plating high-carbon, heat-treated steel?


Outstanding Black Passivate with Superior Corrosion Protection for Zinc Plating.


White Trivalent Chromium Plating Process.

As Seen In Products Finishing

Colloy A-Z-N 300 is said to be ideal for use on castings or heat-treated steel components.

Colloy A-Z-N 300 Addresses Common Plating Problem
Columbia Chemical replaces ammonium chloride/high salt content in older zinc-nickel systems.

Webinar Looks at Trivalent Chromium Process Capability Study for OEMs
Mark Schario, executive vice president for Columbia Chemical, will present information on evaluating test matrix variables and performance results of exterior corrosion testing between trivalent and hexavalent.

Preventing Dark Streaks in Trivalent Chromium
Matt Schario from Columbia Chemical explains what is the likely cause of these streaks and patterns, and how to prevent this from happening.  

chrome-plated parts

Columbia Chemical TriCol Process Enables Fast Plating
Columbia Chemical’ s TriCol Décor process for trivalent chromium plating is chloride based for faster plating, according to the company

ColDip Midnight 1500 Black Zinc Passivate Offers Enhanced Color and Cost Control
Three-part system allows for maximum color control and provides a consistent black appearance

Fixing The Cause Of Yellowing In Blue Trivalent Passivate
When parts look great upon initial make-up, but begin to yellow in appearance after 2-4 weeks, Chad Murphy from Columbia Chemical says it can be a number of factors.

How Trivalent Chrome Compares to Hexavalent
Columbia Chemical’s Mark Schario explains how the performance of trivalent chromium compares to hexavalent chromium, and what is needed to make the change to tri-chrome plating.

Converting to Trivalent Chrome from Hexavalent
Although this requires an initial time and cost investment, Columbia Chemical’s Mark Schario says the benefits of trivalent over hexavalent quickly and increasingly overcome the drawbacks.

Mark Schario

Webinar Discusses Switch from Hexavalent to Trivalent
Columbia Chemical and Products Finishing will host a free webinar on October 18 that will address regulations, process differences, conversion details, cost factors and benefits.

plated high-carbon steel bolts

Fixing Adhesion Issues on High-Carbon Steel
Columbia Chemical’s Matt Schario says focus on the acid pickling stage of the plating process to solve adhesion issues on high-carbon steel.

handheld profilometer measures surface roughness on Hull cell panels

Leveling the Field in Nickel Plating
Profilometry helps determine the leveling characteristics of Watts nickel baths.

Better Alloy Control of Alkaline Zinc Nickel Baths
The factors that influence nickel content in deposits from alkaline non-cyanide zinc nickel baths.

This year, Products Finishing looks back at the industry’s top new products and services for industrial surface finishing.

Top Surface Finishing Innovations of 2016
We look back at the industry’s top new products and services for the past year.

Columbia Chemical Names Schario And Boehmer To New Positions
Schario promoted to Vice President, Global Business Development, and Boehmer promoyed to Director, Domestic Business Development

Columbia Chemical Adds Kissig, Del Guidice
Lab chemist Kissig most recently served as a research technologist at the Cleveland Clinic. Del Guidice brings five years of retail and business-to-business marketing.

Columbia Chemical Expands Into Decorative Plating Market
Company release of two new product lines: NiCOL bright and semi-bright decorative nickel plating processes and TriCOL trivalent chromium plating process.

Columbia Chemical

Columbia Chemical Celebrates 40th Anniversary
Bill Rosenberg Sr., Herb Geduld founded company

A Conversation With…Bill Rosenberg Jr., Columbia Chemical
We caught up with Bill as he was tuning his numerous guitars that he plays in a band with friends.

Columbia Chemical Names Jeff Boehmer As Technical Support Manager
Boehmer is a member of the National Association of Metal Finishers, and has earned the designation of CEF/Certified Electroplater-Finisher.

Columbia Chemical Hosts Bossard Americas
Bossard is expanding its supply chain with Columbia Approved Resources (C.A.R.) in the Cleveland-area.

Columbia Chemical Receives Employee-Ownership Award
The company began employee stock ownership in 2005 and has been 100 percent employee-owned since 2012.

Product Categories of Columbia Chemical

Chromate Conversion Coatings
Cleaning & Pretreatment Chemicals
Cleaning Chemicals, aqueous
Dyes for Chromate and/or Phosphate Coatings
Inhibitors, acid pickling
Phosphate Coating Chemicals
Pickling Solutions
Plating Processes, cadmium
Plating Processes, chromium, trivalent
Plating Processes, nickel
Plating Processes, nickel, electroless
Plating Processes, tin
Plating Processes, tin-zinc
Plating Processes, zinc
Plating Processes, zinc-cobalt
Plating Processes, zinc-iron
Plating Processes, zinc-nickel
Pollution Control Chemicals, heavy-metal removal
Rinse Aids
Rust-Preventive Chemicals and Oils