About Hauthaway

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About US

Hauthaway Corporation is an innovative designer of polyurethane polymers and compounded finishing materials for applications that require the very best. With our strong research capability and experienced applications support, we continually endeavor to meet the challenges faced by formulators and end-users in a variety of industries, including automotive, biomedical, construction, maintenance, and textile.

Hauthaway's broad water-based polyurethane dispersion portfolio affords formulators options for compounding coatings for wood and concrete flooring, automotive interior plastics, leather seating and garments, and flame retardant finishes for textiles.

Headquartered in Lynn, Massachusetts, the company has an international distribution organization covering North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific regions. With a 155 year history of growth and innovation, the focus of our management team is on continuing to serve our diverse customer base and on translating successes to new markets such as architectural coatings, and adhesives.

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In addition to our unique product offerings, Hauthaway operates under an ISO 9001:2000 recognized management system with strict manufacturing and quality control guidelines.

Please call us at (781) 592-6444 or email us to see how Hauthaway can assist you with your next coating or adhesive development project.


Leopoldo Johnson, CEO

Leo Johnson - CEO
Leo received his Bachelor of Science degrees in Chemistry and Pharmacy from Villanova University of Havana, as well as a teaching certificate from the venerable Conservatory of Music – Havana. He immigrated to the US in 1960 following the Cuban Revolution on a special visa to allow him to pursue a career as a concert pianist.

Leo joined Hauthaway in 1965 as a researcher for flocking and combining adhesives and helped to make the company a major regional player in those markets. Leo eventually acquired Hauthaway and is currently the majority shareholder of CLH Corporation, the holding company that owns Hauthaway Corporation.

John Zermani, President

John Zermani - President
John holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Boston College. He joined Hauthaway in 1985 after 16 years with the Permuthane Division of Stahl USA where he rose from R&D Chemist to Technical Service Manager. John serves as principal technical officer for the corporation.

Ted Johnson, VP & General Manager

Ted Johnson – Vice President/General Manager
Ted received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts (Lowell) in 1995. He subsequently worked in Research and Development at Cabot Corporation - Industrial Rubber Blacks Division gaining considerable expertise in experimental design. He is currently responsible for systems implementation and financial oversight for the corporation. 

William Otterbein, VP - Marketing & Sales

William Otterbein – Vice President/Marketing & Sales
Bill joined Hauthaway in 1999 as principal marketing and sales strategist for the company's Coating Resins Initiative. He has 35 years marketing and sales experience in the coatings raw materials market from stints with the former Zeneca Inc. - Resins Business Group and Bayer Corporation. He received a Bachelors of Science degree in Chemistry from Bucknell University and an MBA from Loyola University of Chicago.

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In 1852 Americans numbered some 23 million, California was the newest of the thirty-one states and Millard Fillmore was president, though in the next year, Franklin Pierce would be chosen to replace him. The Civil War was inexorably building, and Americans were busy forming the first labor unions, constructing a railroad to the Pacific Ocean, and getting children out of the factory and into the schoolroom. 1852 was the year Harriet Beecher Stowe brought out Uncle Tom's Cabin in book form and the year the Boston Public Library was commissioned. "Jingle Bells" had just been published, the underground railroad was in full swing, and the New York Times was one year old.

In chemistry, the best and the brightest were researching how and why chemicals bond to one another. Swedish chemist Jons Jacob Berzelius had described two phenomena he named catalysis and isomerism, and had calculated certain atomic weights fairly accurately, a fact largely ignored by other chemists. The Periodic Table would not be recognized for another eight years.

In the kitchen of his Bridgewater, Massachusetts home, Charles L. Hauthaway was making up the first bottles of a shoe dressing friends had urged him to produce commercially. A shoe worker at the age of twelve, and later a shoe manufacturer, Hauthaway had found a new vocation and launched a business that would thrive for another century and a half. In less than twenty years, the firm would win its first recognition award, in Boston in 1869, followed by medals in Vienna, Philadelphia, Melbourne, and Barcelona before the advent of the 20th century. In the 1920's Hauthaway began producing natural rubber based adhesives for fabric lamination and furniture. The start of World War II brought limitations on natural rubber availability and the company began a diversification campaign to find new products and markets.

The first major success was in the flocking adhesives market where the company became a significant supplier of acrylic based products from the late 1960's to the early 1980's. With an increasingly more competitive environment the company decided to sell the business, but reentered in the 1990's and remains an important alternative supplier. Hauthaway also produced urethane prepolymers for elastomers during this period.

The mid-1980's were an important technology acquisition period as Hauthaway developed expertise to manufacture water-based polyurethane polymers. Subsequently, the company has had great success serving leather and textile markets with environmentally friendly, high performance resins.

Today, the focus of our business is on continuing to serve our diverse customer base and on translating successes to new markets such as architectural and industrial coatings, and adhesives.

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