Since 1955, Cole-Parmer has been a leading global provider of laboratory and industrial fluid handling products, instrumentation, equipment, and supplies. The company is a proven expert in the fields of temperature measurement and control, electrochemistry, and fluid handling. Its products are sold the world over through the company-owned customer channel outlets and a strong network of international dealers.

When partners Jerry Cole and John Parmer founded Cole-Parmer in 1955, they were men on a mission. They had no budget either for their own salaries or to hire additional employees. Instead, the pair poured their money into catalog advertising and inventory and took up shop in a 1,200-square-foot loft on West Illinois Street in downtown Chicago. The two founders had a strategy so perfect in its simplicity that they were certain they could not fail to form a company dedicated to providing the best customer service and technical assistance possible, offering the broadest selection of products available.

The company’s steady growth allowed Cole-Parmer to expand to a 12,000-square-foot location in 1960, and to a 47,000-square-foot facility eight years later. That same year, Cole-Parmer purchased Barnant Company that produced world-known Masterflex® peristaltic pumps. This was followed by the purchases of Gilmont® Instruments and Manostat® Pumps. Each acquisition was an effort to improve the product range offered to customers and provide the ability to directly fulfill orders at reasonable prices.

In 1972, the company sought to serve its overseas customers better, by forming an International Division that today includes more than 80 international dealers in more than 160 markets. This was followed by the establishment of Labcor Ltd. (now Cole-Parmer Canada Company) in Montreal, Cole-Parmer U.K. in London, and Cole-Parmer India in Mumbai.

The strategy developed by Jerry Cole and John Parmer decades ago still lives on. It is the heart of the Cole-Parmer mission statement and the reason Cole-Parmer remains a thriving, ever-expanding entity dedicated to customer service. Today, Cole-Parmer ensures prompt delivery to customers through a state-of-the-art, 155,000-square-foot distribution center in Vernon Hills, Illinois. The company serves customers worldwide and continues to expand in the global market.


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