It is with a heavy heart that we share the passing of Don O'Shea, one of Norman Fox's most beloved members.
In 1971, Herb Norman and Fred Fox founded Norman Fox and Don joined as the very first employee. He was employed with Norman Fox for 45 years and spent almost his entire life dedicated to this company. A legend in the marketplace, Don knew all his customers and they loved him. In fact, anyone who talked to Don couldn't help but like him. A friend, mentor and father-figure to many, Don was an extraordinary person. All of us at Norman, Fox & Co. will forever be grateful for his lifetime of service, his charisma, and most of all, his genuine heart.
Don O'Shea is survived by Steve Greenough, Dale Greenough, Daryl Greenough and family, Dana Capanash and family, Dawn Vargas, John Vargas, Ryan Vargas, Marcus Vargas and family, Lauren Mandry and family, Lindsey Greenough and family, and Julie Yniguez and family.
April 10, 1939 - July 9, 2019
The annual California SCC Dinner Dance was held on May 18, 2019 at the Hyatt Huntington Beach. This year’s theme was Rio Nights. The vibrant colors, the live entertainment and the great conversation definitely brought the Brazilian flair to the event. Norman Fox invited Westwood Labs, FMK Labs, Blue Cross Labs, and SNF to join us in taking part in this splendid event. Our thanks go to the Cali SCC Team for another terrific event.
NYSCC - Javits Center, New York City, May 7-8, 2019
Norman, Fox & Company Management attended the 2-day NYSCC Supplier's Day. During the event, the team met with key suppliers including SNF, Colonial Chemical, Salvona, Nouryon, Kao Chemicals Europe, Miwon and Galactic. Interesting trends such as the Power of Oat Oil, Kombucha Anti-Aging Face Masks, Plant Derived Bio-Engineered Collagen and CBD Products were on full display.
On May 1 and 2, 2019, over 300 members of the National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) went to Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. to talk to members of Congress and their staff about issues important to our industry. These issues include long-term renewal of CFATS (Anti-Terrorism Measures for Chemical Facilities), Drive Safe Act (addressing truck driver shortage), Chinese Tariffs, Railroad Oversight and STEM Education. Steve Halpin, President, and Laura Morrisson, Director of Sales, had productive meetings with Rep. Grace Napolitano, Rep. Norma Torres, Rep. Katie Porter, and Sen. Kamala Harris. The overall reaction was positive and the representatives are committed to helping us on our issues.
During the week of March 4, 2019, Steve Halpin, President and Jason Huang, Import Purchasing Manager, travelled to Kula Lumpur, Malaysia for the world-renowned Palm Oil and Lauric Oil Conference (POC). It is the seventh time Norman, Fox & Company has attended the conference. During the multi-day conference, Norfox was able to meet with key supplier partners from the region including Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia, to learn about market outlooks for 2019.
The conference is organized by Bursa Malaysia Derivatives Berhad (BHD) and is attended by a global audience from over 50 countries.
Norman, Fox & Company is pleased to announce our exclusive distributor partnership with SNF Holding Company on Personal Care. SNF, headquartered in Andreziuex, France, is a leading global producer of water-soluble polymers. Their Personal Care offering includes a wide range of polymers including rheology modifiers, thickeners and film formers. They have an exciting line of inverse-emulsion polymers. Since SNF is backward integrated in the most strategic monomers they provide the best quality supply at fair prices. We look forward to sharing this product line with our customers.
Norman, Fox & Co. held its annual Christmas Party at the Western Hills Country Club in Chino Hills on Saturday, December 1, 2018. This marked the third year of the Don O'Shea Employee of the Year Award. Norman Fox is happy to honor Adeline Coker as this year's Don O'Shea Employee of the Year Award recipient. The Norfox family wants to thank Adeline for all her hard work, helpfulness, and dedication throughout the year.
Akzo Nobel recently sold its Specialty Chemicals Group to The Carlyle Group and GIC. The new entity is being called Nouryon. Charlie W. Shaver has been named the new CEO.
Nouryon will keep their branded chelates under Dissolvine® tradename. Please contact your Norman Fox Account Manager with any questions or comments.
Norman, Fox and Company held our public debut at Suppliers' Day SWSCC show at the Irving Convention Center in the Dallas metro area. A steady stream of Personal Care professionals learned about our unique portfolio. Salvona was featured as our focus supplier partner and did demonstrations on their encapsulated active technologies.
Norman, Fox & Company was honored to host Congresswoman Grace F. Napolitano and her staff for an Open House on August 30, 2018, at the Industry facility. Congresswoman Napolitano (D-CA 32nd District) addressed Norfox employees and customers who do business in the San Gabriel Valley. Key issues included trade and transportation policy, mental health programs and the 2018 mid-term elelction.
We are grateful to the Congresswoman and staff for her continued support to our community.
The NACD (National Association of Chemical Distributors) was helpful in planning the event. Layla Soberanis of NACD also attended.
Norman Fox was well represented this year at the annual NYSCC Suppliers' Day in New York City on May 15 and 16, 2018. NYSCC Suppliers' Day serves as one of the most important events on the industry calendar in North America. It attracts thousands of the leading players in the market and has become the showcase for the latest innovations, on top of being an excellent networking opportunity.
Members of the Norfox Personal Care Team were busy, attended training on new lines such as Salvona and Galactic. We also worked the trade show booth for Galactic as NYSCC 2018 was the North American kick-off for their Personal Care Line. It was also a good time to catch up with other suppliers from around the world.
Norman, Fox & Co. is pleased to announce an exclusive partnership on the West Coast with Galactic. With over 20 years in existence, Galactic is a leading supplier of natural solutions for such markets as Personal Care, Food, Agriculture and CASE. Their wide variety of fermentation products supports such platforms as food safety, green/biodegradable chemistries, and improved nutrition and well-being.
Our focus with Galactic starts with Personal Care. These technologies have been proven at their Brussels Innovation Campus and with their customers in the European market. Most products are ECOCERT and COSMOS certified.
We look forward to sharing the Galactic story with you. Contact your Norman Fox Account Manager for more details.
Norman Fox's Steve Halpin and Chris Abrenica attend the NACD annual Washington DC Fly-In to discuss issues important to the Chemical Distribution Industry. Representative Grace Napolitano (D-CA 32nd District) takes the time to discuss issues such as STEM education and Rail Reform.
Norman, Fox & Company is excited to announce our exclusive distributorship arrangement with Salvona for the 11 Western States and Texas. Headquartered in Hamilton, New Jersey, Salvona manufactures encapsulated actives for cosmetic, hair care, skin care and pharmaceutical applications. Their unique technologies carry the tradenames of MultiSal®, HydroSal® and SalSphere®. Each unique (and often patented) encapsulated technology gives enhanced performance, maximized stability, and works to control release targets and triggers of active ingredients. Salvona is committed to creating new technology and Norman Fox will promote these technologies in the robust personal care space we call home.
Norfox® is pleased to be named West Coast Distributor for Colonial Chemical, Inc., headquartered in South Pittsburg, TN. Colonial is a Specialty Chemical Manufacturer with a strong presence in Personal Care (PC). They look to us to bolster their presence in the PC market and to help them grow in focus markets such as Car Care and HI&I. The exclusive partnership includes the States of California, Nevada, Arizona, and Utah. We look forward to tremendous success with the Colonial product line.
The Norman Fox family congratulates Chris Abrenica on being the recipient of this year's Don O'Shea Employee of the Year Award. This award is given to the Norman Fox employee who has demonstrated exceptional effort and dedication throughout the year. Chris has worked for Norman Fox for over nine years as EHS&S Manager ensuring our company meets regulatory and EH&S compliance. Thank you, Chris, for you dedicated service.
From October 25-26, 2017, the Norfox® Sales Team exhibited at the biennial Society of Cosmetic Chemists (SCC) Suppliers' Day Show in Long Beach, CA. This event hosted over 300 booths and brought in people from all over the Personal Care Industry. This year, Norman Fox introduced several new specialty supplier partners including Colonial Chemical, Inc., Kao Chemicals Europe, SNF, and Galactic. Our team enjoyed networking with current and potential customers and is looking forward to fostering new business opportunities.
On August 16-17, 2017 our EHS&S Manager, Chris Abrenica, and Operations Manager, Daniel Alvarado, attended NACD's ChemEdge in Nashville. ChemEdge is an annual conference and trade show for the chemical distribution industry. It provides training and education on issues important to our industry including environment, health, safety, & security, regulatory compliance and transportation.
The event offered an opportunity to stay up to date on the legislative and regulatory changes and help ensure companies are compliant with the various regulations. In addition to receiving training from industry experts, the event also allows companies to interact with representatives from regulatory agencies such as the DEA, DHS, FBI and FMCSA.
Norman, Fox & Company is pleased to announce that Margarita Gomez-Nadin, Account Manager, has been elected President of Beauty Industry West. By selecting Margarita, the trade organization members recognize her for her volunteerism and commitment to promoting West Coast Personal Care business trends.
In addition, we congratulate and thank Eve Tousignant of Paklab for her past Presidency and support of BIW.
Stay tuned to Norfox News for updates on the upcoming BIW event and speaker schedule.
We are excited to announce that Huntsman's Performance Products Division has appointed Norman, Fox & Co. as the exclusive distributor for its agrochemical specialty product portfolio on the West Coast. As of July 1, 2017, Norman Fox will distribute to California, Arizona, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Montana. The agrochemical specialty product brands include TERSPERSE® dispersants, TERWET® wetting agents, TERMIX® tank mix adjuvants, JEFFSOLAG® solvents and TERMUL® emulsifiers.
From May 1-3, 2017, Steve Halpin, President; Laura Morrisson, Sales and Marketing Director; and Nick Paras, Account Manager - Corporate Accounts, attended the NY Society of Cosmetic Chemists Suppliers' Day at the Javits Center in New York City. The Norfox team met with current and potential suppliers while learning about new trends in the Personal Care market space.
This year's NYSCC Suppliers' Day brought 8,752 attendees from 27 countries around the world making it the largest event to date. This annual event hosted leading manufacturers, suppliers, and distributors of raw materials and ingredients as well as thousands of cosmetic chemists and R&D professionals involved in ingredient/strategic sourcing, formulation experts, and marketing/sales strategists.
April 4-6 2017, Chuck Hulsey and Brendan Donnellan from Norman Fox's Sales Team attended The Car Wash Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. The annual show is sponsored by the International Car Wash Association . It was the first time Norman, Fox & Co. had attended the show.
The Car Wash Show brings together the leaders, innovators and decision makers of the professional car wash and fast lube industries. It is the largest gathering of car wash suppliers in the world. Representing car wash equipment, supplies, and professional services, the show is a one-stop-shop for all car wash business needs.
Nearly 400 exhibitors, more than 8,100 attendees, and more than 70 educational sessions made this year's show the best attended in 10 years. The main topic of discussion revolved around the growing 21st Century threat: cyber security. To present such hot topic was Keynote Speaker Governor Tom Ridge, First Secretary of Homeland Security, Former Governor of Pennsylvania, President/CEO, Ridge Global & Partner, Ridge Schmidt Cyber, who discussed the evolution of cyber security strategy and diplomacy. It was not only a great place for Norman, Fox & Co. to visit and meet with current customers but also an excellent opportunity to meet with potential customers from all over the United States.
During the week of March 6, 2017, the Norman Fox team of Steve Halpin, President; Laura Morrisson, Director of Sales & Marketing; and Jason Huang, Purchasing Manager - Imports, attended the 28th annual Palm Oil Conference (POC) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It was Norman Fox's fifth POC conference.
2017 is a significant year since it marks the 100-year anniversary of Malaysia's commitment to commercial palm planting and oil processing. The conference is designed to promote Southeast Asia Palm Oil and its derivatives. Topics include: sustainable growing and harvesting practices, responsible exports, and plans for expansion to cover the increasing global demand for edible oils. Turnout was strong with approximately 2500 registrants and an additional 2500 people meeting to share views on the palm oil business landscape.
On Saturday, February 11, 2017, the Society of Cosmetic Chemists celebrated its annual SCC Dinner Gala at the Disneyland Resort Hotel in Anaheim. This year's theme revolved around the wonderful tale of Alice in Wonderland.
Norman, Fox & Co. had over 25 guests in attendance including customers Steve Miller and Sufian from Gabel's, Ali Aybane from Maintex as well as customers from Blue Cross Labs, Jacem Healthy Products, Developlus, and Bluefield & Associates. Norman, Fox & Co. also had the honor of sponsoring the famous Rabbit Hole that led guests to the Grand Ballroom. Once inside, guests had the pleasure of experiencing "Wonderland" with the beautiful décor, delicious food and various rounds of bingo.
It was definitely a timeless event fit for a fairytale!
Norman, Fox & Co. would like to thank our Personal Care Account Manager, Margarita Gomez-Nadin, for helping in this great event. Margarita Gomez-Nadin was part of the SCC Dinner Dance committee coordinating the delivery and packaging of the popular gift bags at our Industry headquarters and later, distributing the 500 gift bags to attendees.
On Saturday, December 3, 2016, Norman, Fox & Co. celebrated its annual Christmas Party at the Western Hills Country Club in Chino Hills, CA. This year’s celebration was more special because it was combined with Don O’Shea’s Retirement Celebration. Many Norman Fox customers were also in attendance to honor Don. It was a night full of laughter, memories, and entertainment.
Don O’Shea began working at Norman, Fox & Co. since its inception in 1971 as the company’s first employee. He has worked for Norman, Fox & Co. for over 45 years becoming a very reputable Account Manager. His dedication and charisma have garnered him much love and appreciation amongst Norman Fox & Co.’s employees and customers.
The major highlight of the night was a special presentation that included anecdotes from Don’s colleagues, a roast about his retirement, and a video about his service with the company. Another major highlight was the inaugural “Don O’Shea Employee of the Year Award” in honor of Don’s dedicated service to Norman, Fox & Co. The first recipient of this award was Dale Greenough, Plant Manager, who has worked with Norman, Fox & Co. for over 37 years.
The celebration concluded with a speech from Norman, Fox & Co.’s President, Steve Halpin followed by live music and dancing.
The Norman Fox Family wishes Don a happy retirement!
November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. On November 20, 2016, Norman Fox & Co. participated in the American Lung Association sponsored annual Lung Force 5K Walk. Lung Force is a group within the America Lung Association created to spread awareness about lung diseases including cancer.
Lung cancer is the #1 cancer killer of women in the U.S. and can affect anyone. This disease has touched the Norman, Fox & Co. family personally through Laura Morrisson, Norman, Fox & Co’s Sales & Marketing Director. Laura’s spouse, Pam Lawrence, was diagnosed with lung cancer in late 2014 and has been successfully fighting ever since. Just like Pam, who says, “this fight will not get me down, I have too much to do on this Earth”, we too can contribute so much to bring awareness to this cause. For the second consecutive year, Norman, Fox & Co. participated on Team Pam’s Puffers. The team raised over $13,000 to help fund research to advance lung health. Last year was no exception, as Pam’s Puffers team was awarded #1 Fundraising Friends & Family Team and Team FORCE with over 70 participants (largest Team).
During the week of November 14, 2016, Norman, Fox & Co. participated in the 45th Annual NACD Meeting held in Scottsdale, Arizona. The NACD Meeting had near record attendance of over 650 registrants. The meeting brought together market leaders, customers and colleagues of the chemical distribution industry to discuss topics such as business performance, cyber-security and regulatory challenges. The 2016 Presidential election was a hot topic as several political talks were given including Keynote Speaker, Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the U.S House of Representatives.