Why Riverside

RIVERSIDE CHEMICAL... IS MORE... because we combine the capabilities, pricing and resources of a large chemical distributor with the attention to detail and commitment to customers of a family owned business. We recognize that each customer has specific needs and requirements. Through our experience and understanding of the market, Riverside Chemical Company provides more than delivery of your chemicals.

OUTSTANDING SERVICE COUPLED WITH AGGRESSIVE PRICING... Riverside Chemical Company is unique in its ability to offer pricing and service that exceeds customer's expectations. We distribute large volumes of product in drums, totes and small packages as well.

MORE RESPONSIVE... We cover areas only where we can provide responsive service. This focus assures you that Riverside Chemical Company can react quickly to meet your immediate needs. We fully understand your need for Just-In-Time deliveries. Riverside Chemical's understanding of your needs and our ability to respond to those needs allows us to form a partnership with your that turns your supply chain into a sustainable means of competitive advantage. MORE ATTENTION TO QUALITY... Our quality commitment is best seen through our day to day activities and our track record. All of our products are inspected to or above industry standards before shipment to you. We verify the condition of the products and containers we deliver. Every empty drum is inspected before filling. Riverside Chemical Company makes sure you are getting the highest quality product, "on or above spec" every time.

MORE TARGETED... With hands-on involvement from senior management to the drivers that bring our products to your facility, you have the advantage of our flexibility, responsiveness and attention to detail. This approach provides our customer service team with the knowledge of your company's specific requirements.

Our Business Philosophy

Riverside's ability to adapt to market changes, its commitment to quality and continued drive for excellence in customer service, as well as commitment to employees and the community, has lead to the company's long history of success. Though the needs of our customers change with each generation, the company will always be guided by the successful philosophy or our past:

  • Commitment to Quality
  • Commitment to Environment
  • Commitment to Customers
  • Commitment to Employees
  • Commitment to Community

Contact us today for more information and to put the benefit of over 100 years experience to work for you company.


Our Suppliers

Riverside Chemical is a dealer/distributor for hundreds of chemical companies and suppliers. Below is a partial list of our suppliers and links to their websites. Riverside is proud to offer a full line of Industrial and High Purity chemicals and would be happy to assist you in finding the right product to meet your needs. If you have a question or request, please contact us or submit a Request form.


Our History - Three Generations of a Family Run Business

Riverside Chemical was founded in 1906 by A. C. Rasch. The business started running out of the basement of a grocery store at the corner of Oliver Street and Porter Avenue in North Tonawanda, NY. In those beginning years, the company focused on household supplies such as ammonia, bluing, vanilla extract and other extracts. Mr. Rasch founded the company on the simple principle of providing a good product, for a good price, with special attention to customer service and community involvement.

Later Mr. Rasch began manufacturing products to serve the needs of horse drawn wagons and industrial machines. The company produced axle grease and other grease for machinery, as well as leather oils, harness preservatives and hoof dressing.

When the automobile age began, Mr. Rasch developed a non-chatter oil for Model T cars which launched the company into a new era.

Dr. Carl H. Rasch (1904-1980)

In 1929 the company moved their facility to the current location on River Road in North Tonawanda, NY.

During the 1940's and 1950's the company was managed by A. C. Rasch's sons, George A. Rasch and Dr. Carl H. Rasch.

In 1959 Dr. Carl H. Rasch was appointed as President of the company. Dr Rasch had worked at Riverside since the early 1930's, and had also earned Ph.D. Degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Buffalo and the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Rasch was responsible for another large growth period in the company as he expanded the business product lines to include high purity chemicals and food grade additives as well as dramatically increasing their industrial product lines. Dr. Rasch remained President until he passed away in 1980.


Photos of Riverside from the 1970s


P. RaschThe 1980s began the third generation of the family run business as Dr. Carl H. Rasch's sons Peter C. Rasch became President and Jon A. Rasch as Vice President. Both had worked for Riverside for many years before taking charge in 1980.

Peter Rasch has continued to grow the business, while also minding the principals that had been set by his grandfather so many years ago. Riverside's success has been enhanced by its high ethical business practices; commitment to community, customers, employees and the environment.


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