The history of Berryman Products dates to 1918, when Waldo B. “Pappy” Berryman traded a prize-winning stud horse for a patented tire sealing formula. The patent was transferred on the 23rd day of December, 1919.
With his family, Pappy traveled across the country in a converted wood panel Graham Truck. They traveled from coast to coast bartering their Sealex Tire Sealer
for meals, fuel and accommodations. Legend has it that when Pappy hit a hot sales area he would set up production in a rented room, mix his formula in the bathtub, then fill orders from his truck the next day.
Located in a backwoods area of Lima, Ohio, an old shack was converted to serve as the first manufacturing site for Berryman Products.
Packaged in glass, early major products like Solvall Tune Up Oil, OilZall Valve Oil, and Lubrex Super-Lubricant gained localized acceptance and popularity, laying the groundwork for the quality reputation that Berryman still enjoys today. During the first 35 years of business, products such as Coolex, EZ Doz-It, Zingo, Bloxit, and others were also added to the line.
As distribution expanded, Pappy and his only son, Colonel Waldo “Bud” Berryman, Jr., moved the site to Dallas, Texas.
In 1954, Chem-Dip® Carburetor and Parts Cleaner was introduced and has become an industry-leading parts cleaner today.
Then, in 1958, B-12 Chemtool® was developed as a multi-purpose surface cleaning solvent and soon became Berryman’s flagship product. B-12 Chemtool® is now available in over a dozen products and has grown to become synonymous with the Berryman name.
Pappy retired in the 1960’s. R.H. Blankenship, a long time acquaintance of Bud’s, learned of the company and its solid reputation. R.H., having a strong background in the automotive industry, purchased the company in 1970 and became the owner of Berryman Products, Inc.
Early in the 1970’s, Berryman Products moved to larger facilities in Arlington, Texas, where it is still located today. As the company flourished through the 70’s and 80’s, other Blankenship family members joined the company – starting at the grassroots by blending, packaging, assembling and shipping the product. Through the years, each of the family members chose different areas of responsibility to pursue according to their interests and strengths.
Over time, R.H. Blankenship found other interests to capitalize on, eventually selling the company to his immediate family in 1986.
Throughout the 1980’s and early 1990’s, Berryman continued to flourish. New and innovative products were introduced to the automotive aftermarket– products such as Brake Cleaner, Engine Degreaser, Octane Booster, as well as a family of Aerosol Lubricants.
In addition, during this time Berryman Products created the HEST “High-Energy Solvent Technology” tagline which describes the unique properties of the products that truly set them apart from the competition.
In the late 1990’s, Berryman formed a relationship with Ed “Big Daddy” Roth, and the Chemtooler® was created as the mascot for Berryman Products, bringing a fun and edgy way to interact with the end user.
In the new millennium, Berryman has continued to introduce new products such as B-12 Chemtool®Total Fuel System Cleanup, B-12 Chemtool®Professional 3-Step Fuel System Maintenance Kit, and eco-friendly products such as B-33 Engine Degreaser and B-104 Lemon Fresh Towelettes.
As we approach our 100th year in business, we are especially grateful to our customers who make us what we are today. We commit to continue to provide you with immediate personal service and to produce products that meet the highest quality standards of performance, reliability and environmental responsibility.