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Skolnik – Our History

December 13th, 2011 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: Cool Stuff

We’re very proud of the Skolnik web site. In addition to listing more than 400 types of steel drum packagings manufactured in Chicago, Skolnik.com is the best resource for facts and regulations dealing with steel drums being used worldwide for hazardous materials storage, transport, and disposal. Of special interest, Skolnik.com also offers some insight into the unique personality of our company.

As we approach nearly 85 years of presence in the steel drum community, we have compiled a pictorial history of our company with photos, product brochures, and news events that date back as far as 1943. “Skolnik and Son”, Abraham and his son Sol, originally started circa 1925 as peddlers of wooden barrels. In 1940, with the loss of their father, Sol and brother Jack took the company into steel drum reconditioning and as of 1960, solely manufacturing new steel drums. In 1985, the company was sold to Howard Skolnik, son of Jack, and Edward Elins and the focus was to develop the niche or “boutique” markets which were not being served by conventional 55 gallon steel drum manufacturers. During these last 25 years, Skolnik has continued to aim for the highest levels of quality manufacturing with a vast array of products and services. We participate in the global regulatory arena to “save lives” by helping to prevent hazardous material accidents.

If you would like to see what we’ve been doing for these past 82 years, check out OUR HISTORY at Skolnik.com. We’re proud of our past, working hard in our present, and looking forward to a stimulating future.

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