About Us / History

 
Founded in 1983, Salco Products, Inc. designs, manufactures, assembles and distributes a variety of plastic and metal products used in tank cars, hopper cars and plant process equipment. The global industries we serve include railroad, trucking, chemical manufacturing and distribution, agriculture, food, plastics and minerals.With a broad product line ranging from valves and fittings, to being North America's largest 20" plastic hatch cover supplier, we are ready to serve your needs.
 
Our commitment to prompt response in sourcing, quoting and delivery remains our number-one priority. With a full engineering staff, Salco Products is also ready to help design and provide any parts you may need.
 
Salco's corporate headquarters is located in Lemont, IL; and Sales and Distribution facility is maintained in Houston, TX.
 
 

Salco Products Inc.
  • Salco Products Inc. Corporate Headquarters
  • 1385 101st Street, Suite A.
  • Lemont, IL 60439
  • (630) 783-2570

  • Salco Products Inc. Sales, Distribution Gate-Repair Services
  • 11747 Windfern Road, Suite 500.
  • Houston, TX 77064
  • (281) 351-0274

OUR HISTORY

 

 

   

1983

IT ALL BEGINS

 

It all began in Oak Lawn, IL in a garage with an idea to meet a need to create something better. Salco recognized a niche to assist in supplying outlet caps in a market that needed a solution to limit theft of valuable steel components. By supplying a plastic outlet cap that was not so attractive to an “alternate” market, Salco quickly became a valued part and solution provider.
 
 
 

         
     

1984

PUTTING DOWN ROOTS.

     

Salco moved into it's first warehouse located in the western suburbs of Chicago, IL.     
         

1985

ESTABLISHING A PRESENCE

 

During the years of 1985 and 1986 Salco was hard at work establishing a presence in the Gulf Coast region.
 
 
 
         

     

1986-1987

NON-VENTED HATCH COVERS.

     

Salco began to mold and sell it's first non-vented hatch cover.
 
       

1988-1989

VENTED HATCH COVERS

 

Development of vented hatch cover and commercial sales, began injection molding operations in house.
 
   

         

 

 

 

 

 

Early 1990's

SERVICE CENTER IN TOMBALL, TX IS BORN.

 

A need for outlet gate reconditioning is recognized, and our Service Center in Tomball, TX is born.
 
       

Early 1990's

ENTERING TANK CAR COMPONENT MARKET

 

Salco enters the tank car component market and starts to supply tank car loading and unloading adapters.
 
 
 

         

     

1996-2000

MOVED TO LEMONT, ILLINOIS.

 

Moved to Lemont, IL and enjoyed elevated hatch cover sales due to increased hopper car production. Shipped its first tank car nozzle gasket.
 
       

2001-2002

    DIVERSIFICATION OF PRODUCT LINE

 

Began diversification of product line to include distributed components/supplier. Implemented Made 2 Manage ERP software and expanded our quality process.
 
 
 

   

         
          

2004

PURCHASED HAZARSOLVE®.

 

Created a new product line to offer corrosion resistant solutions to the chlor-alkoli market.
 
       

2006

    AND THEN THERE WAS ONE

 

Salco transitions from three owners to one, setting the stage for "one owner, one vision, one goal".
 
 
 

         

           

     

2007-2009   

HAZARSOLVE GROWTH.   

 

Hazarsolve product line growth exceeds 40% annually, propelling company through the recession of 2008/2009.
 
       

2010

    ADDED WAREHOUSE AND EQUIPMENT CAPACITY

 

Added to warehouse and equipment capacity in Lemont, IL. Started RMA measurements showing 97%+ effeciency in handling approximately 80 orders a day.
 
 
 

         

    

 

 

 

 

2013

30 YEAR ANNIVERSARY.    

     

30 years - poised for 50 million in revenue.
 
       

2014

TECHNICAL CONSULTING SERVICES

 

Technical Consulting Services are added to Salco's diverse product and services offering, meeting an industry demand for support in navigating regulatory changes.
 
 
 
         

     

2017   

NEW HOUSTON, TX FACILITY.    

 

Salco's new Houston, TX facility is 3 times the size of the old Tomball, TX facility, which enables Salco to stock a larger volume and variety of materials closer to our customers in the gulf coast. Brand new equipment in our manufacturing areas will improve production efficiency, as well as improve the health, safety and comfort of our employees.
 
       

2018

    35 YEAR ANNIVERSARY

     

Salco Products celebrates its 35 year anniversary, poised for 80 million in revenue.