Joe Miller started Research Solutions, then known as Research Solvents and Chemicals, in 1971 with an unwavering commitment to hard work, quality production and building strong customer relationships. In the early days it was a small operation consisting of Joe, his wife Jo Ann and a few hired hands. Eventually they were joined by their son, Jeff, who pitched in during the summers as a teenager.
Operating out of a modest warehouse in Central Alabama, and with a small tank farm that they built by hand, their revenue grew to over $1 million in annual sales. In 1974 Research designed and built a new terminal in Pelham Industrial Park, which is now one of four distribution centers the company operates throughout the Southeast. Jeff joined the company full time in 1978 and worked his way up through field operations and management, eventually succeeding his dad as President and CEO in 1996.
The business has grown not only in staff but in scope of expertise to include solvent distribution, custom blends, blends, specialty chemicals, metalworking lubricants and related products. They also formulate automotive aftermarket and specialty marine products and offer environmental solutions to their clientele. They have become specialists in finding ways to minimize emissions while maximizing the performance of solvents used in the paint and coatings and printing industries. Research serves customers across a broad spectrum, from cabinetmakers to rocket-parts manufacturers, from mom-and-pop operations to some of the largest companies in the nation.
The values that Joe imparted to the company in the beginning have stood the test of time and made Research Solutions what it is today. It's about combining a focus on core values with a relentless drive always to find a better way. Research. Solutions. Two elements forming a dynamic compound. And one dynamic company.