Pilot Chemical Co. has opened a microbiology lab to bring new biocidal products to the market. The lab, which occupies 750 square feet at the company’s Sharonville Technology Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, opened in January 2023. Pilot Chemical manufactures a wide variety of products for various markets and applications, including biocidal products for the disinfecting, food processing, and oil and gas markets, among other uses.

“In the last three years, we have invested more than $4 million into the Sharonville Technology Center, which adds to our testing and application capabilities,” said John Manka, Ph.D., director of R&D and Sharonville Technology Center site manager. “We’ve also increased our staff by 30%. We continue to invest in our employees and our R&D capabilities to position ourselves for growth.”

“Ultimately, the new lab will help us bring new and innovative biocidal products to the market,” said Katie Lahni, Biocide Technology manager. “It will help us optimize our biocide end-use products and allow for a quick and targeted way to screen prototype formulations, resulting in a faster-to-market strategy to support our innovation efforts.”

“Our new lab allows us to screen biocide formulations quickly and efficiently to better serve our customers and tailor formulations to their specific needs,” said Sarah Hale, Pilot Chemical microbiologist. “This gives us a competitive edge.”

Pilot Chemical Company plans to hire a biocide formulation specialist to support Lahni and Hale with the development of new microbial products and maintain existing biocide products. Other specialty professionals will be added to the microbiology lab as demand dictates.

For more information, visit: www.pilotchemical.com.