Kimble Chase® - History
The origin of the Kimble Chase® global footprint began nearly a century ago, when Evan Kimble® founded Kimble Glass® Company in Chicago, Illinois. His first products included homeopathic vials, thistle funnels, droppers and medicine tubes. Kimble® relocated the company to Vineland, New Jersey in 1911. At the end of the First World War, Kimble® introduced its first volumetric laboratory glassware. Since that time, Kimble has been known as the market leader in the manufacture of volumetric glassware.
During the Second World War, the Kimble® product line continued to grow and brothers, Jim and William Kontes, formed the Kontes® Glass Company. Kontes® quickly became recognized as the highest quality manufacturer of specialty glassware. Kontes® Glass is known for helping to develop semi-micro, macro and microscale organic labware kits, straight-sided joints and metabolic reaction flasks. Building reputations for quality and service, Kimble® and Konte®s continued to operate independently until 1982, when Kimble® acquired Kontes® Glass.
In 1997, Kimble®/Kontes® became part of the Gerresheimer Group.
In July 2007 Kimble Chase Life Science and Research, LLC was founded as the result of a joint venture formed from specific operations of ThermoFisher and Gerresheimer.
On October 31, 2016, Kimble Chase Life Science and Research Products, LLC was acquired by Duran Group. The acquisition has led to a combined company with an increased global presence and the ability to provide our customers with an even greater level of service and the broadest portfolio of glass Laboratory consumables, Packaging options and OEM solutions.
Today Kimble Chase Life Science and Research Products, LLC is a global company with 900 employees at five ISO 9001 registered operating facilities on three continets producing a broad range of reusable, disposable, and specialty glassware for pharmaceutical, environmental, petrochemical, life sciences, education, and chromatography markets.
Currently, Kimble®, Kontes®, and KIMAX® are the major marketed brands of Kimble Chase Life Science and Research Products, LLC.