Who is NACD?

NACD Delivers. Advancing Stewardship. Creating Connections.

The National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD), established in 1971, is an international association of chemical distributors and their supply-chain partners. Member companies process, formulate, blend, re-package, warehouse, transport, and market chemical products for over 750,000 customers.

The chemical distribution industry that NACD represents is a major economic engine, employing over 80,000 people and generating nearly $7.5 billion in tax revenue for local communities across the country, all while delivering valuable products to every industry sector.

NACD Mission

To enhance and communicate the professionalism and stewardship of the chemical distribution industry.

NACD Vision

To be the premier authority for chemical distribution in the United States, to strive for excellence in its Responsible Distribution Program, to advocate sound government policies, and to promote the continuous improvement of member companies.

Profile of Membership

NACD's nearly 450 member and affiliate companies represent more than 85% of the chemical distribution capacity in the nation and 90% of the industry's gross revenue. They are typically small businesses, although some companies are national or international in scope. They know their products and processes and provide value-added services to their customers in a professional, responsible manner.

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Products and Industries Served

Approximately $31.2 billion of U.S. chemical industry sales are through chemical distributors, who are also actively engaged in various phases of import/export trade. The industrial customers served by chemical distributors use these materials to produce products for the following industries:

Adhesives & Sealants



Cosmetics/Personal Care


Food & Beverage


Paints & Coatings



Pulp & Paper

Soaps & Detergents




Responsible Distribution

Responsible Distribution

A member-voted condition of membership in the Association is a signed commitment to NACD Responsible Distribution®, which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2016. Responsible Distribution requires members to continuously improve performance in protecting health, safety, security, and the environment. All member companies are committed to product stewardship and responsible distribution in every phase of chemical storage, handling, transportation, and disposal. Learn more



NACD connects members with the pressing legislative and regulatory issues affecting the chemical distribution industry, including environment, health, safety, security, transportation issues on a national, international and state level.


Education & Meetings

NACD’s meetings and trade shows provide members with the ability to network easily with industry peers from inside and outside a company’s competitive marketing area. Conferences, webinars and other educational events provide member companies with opportunities to expand their knowledge in a variety of areas applicable to the chemical distribution industry, including sales, regulatory and legislative, and other general business issues.


Chemical Educational Foundation®

Chemical Educational Foundation

The Chemical Educational Foundation (CEF) was originally founded in 1989 as the NACD Educational Foundation to establish a chemical product stewardship network to disseminate an important message to the NACD distributor members' 750,000 customers and their communities. The NACD Educational Foundation became the Chemical Educational Foundation in October 1997.

The Chemical Educational Foundation is committed to enhancing science education among every generation, beginning with our youth, by emphasizing the central role of chemistry in all the sciences and in our everyday lives. For more information on CEF, please visit http://www.chemed.org, or call (703) 527-6223.


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