Gellner Industrial: A Brief History

Clients all over the globe have come to find that Gellner Industrial is truly a world leader in the manufacture and production of water-based acrylic polymers. We deliver products that are unique, unmatched, and innovative, which are just a few of the attributes that set our products apart.

However, it’s more than just that – our products are indeed cutting-edge, but so is our company. We possess a rare history that is rooted in both scientific ingenuity, as well as family tradition, to bring a culture of advancement and caring to our products and our customers. Our doors officially opened in March 1980, but the history of our company dates back to 1996, when our founder, Otto Gellner, a renowned and well-known expert in the chemical field, gave a speech on chemical resins and their applications.

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The owners of ZINSSER –  an impressive leader in chemical formulas – were so impressed by Gellner that they offered him a job at the company. After that, Gellner established the ZINCHEM division of ZINSSER, establishing himself as a true leader in the manufacturing of water-based acrylic polymers while expanding the company’s business significantly.  Throughout his years in the industry, Otto Gellner lead the way in innovations in his filed, while having the foresight to realize that water was the way forward; water was the future of the resin industry. In 1980, Otto Gellner officially opened the doors of his own company, Gellner Industrial, in Gillette, New Jersey. His career-long dream had been realized.

A Leader in Water-Based Acrylic Polymers

In 1987, Otto’s son Robert, a graduate of the University of Maryland, who had worked for the company off-and-on during college, officially joined the team. Robert began to develop new formulas in the lab while overseeing the scale-up of the business and their subsequent products. The Father-and-Son team soon built a state-of-the-art facility and polymer plant in March 2000 in Hometown, PA. Today, the plant produces water based acrylic polymers and resins that set the industry standard for worldwide companies that manufacture industrial coating and household paints. Our products are also used in products that have useful applications in the graphic arts industry.

Gellner Industrial focuses on its rich history of growth and innovation, along with a focus on the needs and technology of the future, to make Gellner unrivaled in the manufacturing of superior products. Gellner also leads the way in research and development, pioneered by the world’s leading chemists and researchers.

Our line of specialty resins are formulated with a precise blend of water-based polymers, which offer uncompromised benefits and quality to our client’s products. We are relied upon by thousands of national and international clients from various industries and applications. Our exceptional acrylic polymers are unique and offer many advantages for high-performance coatings and inks. We continue to serve the needs of our clients and the needs for even the most demanding of applications.