ChemQuest was started in St. Paul, MN in 1994 by Derril Shantz. He envisioned and designed a unique “stay full” bulk delivery program and an on-site bulk storage system for Minnesota carwash operators. The program successfully relived the problems in their touchless carwashes associated with the storage, handling, moving, and drum disposal of their touchless carwash products.
In 1996 he expanded the management staff. He hired Steve Girard as his sales manager. Steve had a number of years of sales experience and also managed a large Wisconsin truck wash. He hired Jim Maloney as his internal operations manager. Jim was an industrial product development research chemist specializing in carwash chemicals.
In 1999 the company expanded its product line to provide for the full serve carwash market and began private labeling ChemQuest products for equipment manufacturers.
In 2000 Derril Shantz retired at the age of 71 and sold his majority interest in ChemQuest to Bill Cammack. Bill had been involved in the detergent industry for 20+ years through his ownership of C&H Chemical.