Detroit, MI, February 8, 2021 – Diversified Chemical Technologies, Inc. (DCTI), is an African American-owned manufacturing business located in Detroit for 50-years with an unwavering commitment to being a part of the city’s growth and resurgence. DCTI is a technology, specialty chemicals, and adhesives company delivering best-in-class solutions to its worldwide strategic partners and Fortune 500 customers brands.
Aligned with the 50-year milestone, DCTI’s founder, George Hill, announces Karl C. Johnson, Jr. as the Company’s new President effective January 2021. The position adds to Karl’s duties as he remains Chief Financial Officer (CFO) reporting to Mr. Hill who will continue as Chairman and CEO of the company.
As President, Karl is responsible for the operations and P&L of DCTI and its subsidiaries. George will concentrate on reducing his operational footprint and focus on strategic growth and personnel development aspects of the Company. With the Company for five years, Karl, was instrumental in restructuring the Company’s ownership resulting in a successful outcome. Karl assumed the position of CFO in June 2018 and effectively strengthened the Company’s financial controls, developed strategic planning platforms, and improved the core financial management systems.
Recently, Karl negotiated a key strategic alliance with a Berkshire Hathaway company to have DCTI manufacture Envirocleanse, an EPA approved water-based disinfectant that kills the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the prelude virus to COVID-19. He was also instrumental in obtaining a long-term contract with the Henkel Corporation, the world’s largest manufacturer of adhesives.
“Karl’s experience with Fortune 500 corporations, and smaller and middle market companies make him a perfect fit for the DCTI vision to Create Trusted Transformative Partnerships that will leverage the growth of the Company,” George Hill said, “It is a time to unleash the great potential creating prosperity and jobs in our urban communities.” Karl states, “I am excited for the opportunity to expand my leadership role with a team of dedicated professionals as we encounter the numerous challenges and opportunities of growing our Company.”
As President, Karl will manage Diversified Chemical Technologies Inc. (DCTI), the holding company for the three Company business units, Adhesive Systems, Inc., Diversified Chemical Technologies Operating, Inc., and Paperworks, Inc., providing customized product solutions and
technical services to the Consumer Packaged Goods, Food & Beverage, Metalworking, Institutional & Industrial Processing and Cleaning, and Healthcare Markets.
Karl received a BA in economics from Yale University and an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Business at Northwestern University. He is married to Elizabeth (Liz) and the proud father of three sons.
DCTI customers are global market leaders including Nestle, Kellogg, Clorox, Procter & Gamble, WestRock, MolsonCoors, and Henkel. As strategic partners, DCTI divisions provide technology services, adhesives, and process chemical solutions to these customers. This is a major achievement for an African American-owned business given only one percent of Black-owned businesses are in the manufacturing sector and less servicing these technical industries.
The recipient of customer quality and performance awards, DCTI has received recognition from Ford Motor Company, Johnson Control, Inc., Kraft Foods, Lear Corporation, MolsonCoors, Toyota Motor Company and Procter & Gamble, its customer for thirty years.
As a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), DCTI is recognized for its technical excellence, product and process innovations, customer service, and community involvement. In addition, the company is the recipient of many awards including ASI/Henkel Alliance 2016 Nestle’ North America MRO Supplier of the Year, Diverse Manufacturing Supply Chain Alliance (DMSCA) 2019 CMP Supplier of the Year, and 2020 Altria Supplier Diversity All-Star.
From its founding, DCTI employees have represented diversity and inclusion at every staff level among its scientists, chemists, engineers, managers, plant personnel, and support staff; many are Detroit residents. DCTI’s corporate culture includes coaching, mentoring, and sharing real-world experiences and best practices as well as investing in local and national youth programs including Math Corps, Dollars for Scholars, LeadersUp and Michigan State University’s Detroit Community Music School.
“Our 50-year milestone introduces new leadership and expanding growth opportunities. We are proud of the work we continue to do on behalf of our national and global clients and the city of Detroit,” concludes George Hill.