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Pilot Chemical Company Opens Microbiology Lab in Sharonville To Help Accelerate Innovation

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Pilot Chemical Company Opens Microbiology Lab in Sharonville To Help Accelerate Innovation

Feb 13, 2023
Microbiologist Sarah Hale recently joined Pilot Chemical Company to oversee its new microbiology lab at the company’s Sharonville Technology Center.

CINCINNATI (Feb. 13, 2023) – Pilot Chemical Company, a privately owned and independent global specialty chemical manufacturer, has opened a microbiology lab to bring new biocidal products to the market and continue its strategy of accelerated innovation. The lab, which occupies 750 square feet at the company’s Sharonville Technology Center (2744 E. Kemper Road), opened in January.

“In the last three years, we have invested more than $4 million into the Sharonville Technology Center, which adds to our testing and application capabilities,” said John Manka, Ph.D., Director of Research and Development (R&D) and Sharonville Technology Center Site Manager. “We’ve also increased our staff by 30%. We continue to invest in our employees and our R&D capabilities to position ourselves for growth.”

Pilot Chemical manufactures a wide variety of products for various markets and applications, including biocidal products for the disinfecting, food processing, and oil and gas markets, among other uses. In addition to accelerating innovation, the new lab will allow Pilot Chemical to drive productivity and reduce costs.

“Ultimately, the new lab will help us bring new and innovative biocidal products to the market,” said Katie Lahni, Biocide Technology Manager. “It will help us optimize our biocide end-use products and allow for a quick and targeted way to screen prototype formulations, resulting in a faster to-market strategy to support our innovation efforts.”

The Sharonville lab complements existing capabilities at Pilot Chemical Company’s Innovation Center, which opened in 2018 in Pittsburgh.

To support the growth strategy created by the new microbiology lab, Sarah Hale recently joined Pilot Chemical Company as a Microbiologist to oversee the Sharonville lab and conduct testing.

“Our new lab allows us to screen biocide formulations quickly and efficiently to better serve our customers and tailor formulations to their specific needs,” said Hale. “This gives us a competitive edge.”

Pilot Chemical Company plans to hire a Biocide Formulation Specialist to support Lahni and Hale with the development of new microbial products and maintain existing biocide products. Other specialist professionals will be added to the microbiology lab as demand dictates.

Headquartered in West Chester, Ohio, Pilot Chemical Company is one of the largest private companies in Cincinnati. In addition to the Sharonville Technology Center, it operates manufacturing facilities in Lockland and Middletown. It also has operations in Mexico City, Mexico; Avenel, New Jersey; Houston, Texas; New Waverly, Texas; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

To learn more about Pilot Chemical Company, visit

About Pilot Chemical Company
Pilot Chemical Company is a privately owned and independent global specialty chemical manufacturer providing high-quality products and services to the disinfecting, sanitizing and cleaning; metalworking and lubricants; oilfield and emulsion polymerization industries. Its proprietary core technologies involve alkylation, sulfonation, sulfation and a number of other specialty operations, including the production of biocidal quats, tertiary amine derivatives, polymers and organometallic fuel additives. Pilot, an industry leader in chemical innovation and safety, owns the most state-of-the-art continuous sulfation process in North America, is a leader in quaternary ammonium compounds, and is the world’s largest manufacturer of disulfonates. Pilot is certified under both ISO 9001:2015 and the American Chemistry Council’s Responsible Care® program and headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, with additional sites located in Ohio, Texas, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Mexico. For more information, visit

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