Our BARSOL tradename is recognized throughout the industry for high quality products from major chemical producers that include silicones, plasticizers, wetting agents, food grade mineral oils, and epoxy resin systems.
Our independence is your assurance of satisfaction.
In an industry that sees continued consolidation and corporate takeovers, Barton Solvents, Inc., remains fiercely independent, just as we have since our modest beginnings as a one-truck operation founded by Bud Barton in 1938.
As a family-owned company, our stock price or corporate dividends are of secondary concern. This enables us to keep our focus where it belongs. On you.
Our independence means we can better serve our customers large and small. We always have. We always will.
You'll discover we don't make a big issue about titles here. When we come to work in the morning, each of us has one major commitment: to provide you with the best customer service you'll ever experience...anywhere.
We inventory and deliver chemicals from a large roster of suppliers. You can always select the products and formulations that meet your specifications precisely without having to compromise.
From a five-gallon pail or 55-gallon drum to a full transport load, Barton Solvents delivers the quantity of product you need. Every customer is important to us.
By utilizing our own delivery vehicles, we can tailor quantities to suit your application, and we get it there when you need it.
We serve customers in 13 states from six locations in the Upper Midwest. We warehouse most chemical products you use in your business. And with our owned fleet of more than 100 delivery units, we can move the product to wherever you need it fast.
When you work with Barton Solvents and our regular scheduled routes, you will know exactly when to place your order for Just-In-Time delivery. We can also help you maintain your inventory by using our keep-fill service.
Of course, we understand you may sometimes experience unusual depletion of your inventory. You can call us anytime for delivery of product to satisfy your unexpected requirements on short notice.
Bud Barton was working for a petroleum products producer, delivering naphtha to dry cleaning establishments in central Iowa until one day in 1938 when the company announced that it was dropping his route. Bud was reluctant to abandon his customers, so he set up an office in his home and went into business. His first task was buying an old truck just to have something to trade in on a new one.
By 1946, Bud Barton had put enough money aside to open his own plant at 116 Forest Avenue in Des Moines, Iowa. With inventory capacity, he was ready to expand. That year several major producers appointed him as a distributor of their solvents and chemicals. In 1948 the company opened a second facility in Bettendorf, Iowa.
As Barton Naphtha built a reputation for reliability, new markets developed. In 1952, a Council Bluffs, Iowa facility opened routes in Nebraska. The list of products grew until in 1972 the company name was changed to Barton Solvents, Inc. Then a Wichita plant began serving Kansas in 1979. In 1983 the company moved to a new central plant and established corporate headquarters on N.E. Broadway in Des Moines. A Kansas City plant to serve Kansas and Missouri was opened in 1989. A West Bend, Wisconsin warehouse was opened in 2000 and in 2007 a new facility was built. In 2012 the Wichita facility was relocated to El Dorado, Kansas. Today, Barton Solvents is a major supplier of chemical products to thousands of customers in thirteen states.
Bud Barton passed away on June 21st, 1996. Barton Solvents, Inc. remains a family owned business and Bud's business ethic is still faithfully practiced. A veteran management team remains committed to delivering only quality products, at fair prices, with an extra measure of customer service. More than seventy five years after it began, the spirit is still the same.