January 7th and January 27th were important dates for Maryland Chemical and Chemstation Chesapeake. They are the birthdays of both our founder and Chairman, respectively.

Maryland Chemical’s Founder, Fred P. Glose, Sr. was a veteran with the First Pennsylvania Artillery

Maryland Chemical’s Founder, Fred P. Glose, born on January 7th in Bethlehem, PA, in 1895, took his 8th grade education and went to work in the Bethlehem Steel machine shop.  Fred Sr. was a veteran of the U.S. Army First Pennsylvania Artillery, serving in 1916.

The start of WWI, prompted the U.S. Army to ask Fred Sr. and fellow soldiers with experience in the steel industry, to go back to work at Bethlehem Steel in support of the war effort.

The start of WWI prompted the U.S. Army to ask Fred Sr. and fellow soldiers with experience in the steel industry, to go back to work at Bethlehem Steel in support of the war effort. Following the war, and after losing his first wife, Fred Sr. and his firstborn daughter Margaret, moved to Maryland to go to work for the FX Hooper Company, a manufacturer of machines for making folding cardboard boxes. Fred Sr.’s second marriage produced his son, J. Fred Glose, who is the company’s Chairman.

Fred P. Glose Sr. and J. Fred Glose Jr

In 1953, at the age of 58, Fred, Sr. and a partner founded the Maryland Chemical Company.  Fred Sr. shortly asked son, J. Fred, to join Maryland Chemical as a Sales Rep.  And he’s been here ever since.  J. Fred, a veteran of the U. S. Army Signal Corps, served our country in WWII and just celebrated a very vital, energetic, 92nd birthday complete with

Mary Lawler and Fred Jr

a Mission BBQ lunch and Open House at Maryland Chemical’s state of the art facilities in South Baltimore on January 27, 2020.

Fred Sr. was a natural-born entrepreneur with great curiosity, and his ventures included a 1930’s patent for box cutting machines, Maryland Container Company (cardboard carton manufacturer), Maryland Chemical Company and Cove Point Farm where he bought a farm on the Eastern Shore running it as a business growing corn and raising hogs, as well as hosting customer hunting outings.

Fred, Sr. was known to his granddaughter, Jeanette Glose Partlow, President of Maryland Chemical and Chestation Chesapeake as being a “go for it” kind of person. His granddaughter, Mary Lawler, AR Manager, remembers him always encouraging her to explore everything around me.  She had this to say about her grandfather and mentor, “He was always encouraging me to try new things. I can still hear him saying, “You can do it!”

The example of J. Fred and the legacy of Fred Sr., of serving the customer’s needs and going above and beyond is ingrained in the culture of Maryland Chemical and Chemstation Chesapeake.  It’s another reason why we are “here for you”. To find out more about Everyday Chemistry and how we can help you, please click here.