About Western Chemical
Western Chemical's Ferndale, Washington Plant
Western Chemical Inc. is a privately held company located in the beautiful Pacific Northwest near Ferndale Washington USA. This is where we have our corporate offices, quality control laboratories, and our FDA inspected manufacturing plant.
We also have regional distribution facilities in California, Oregon, Alabama, and Mississippi. In Canada, our products are distributed by our sister company Syndel Laboratories.
For over 30 years, we have been in the forefront of developing and marketing FDA and EPA approved fish hatchery products, biosecurity supplies, and spawning agents for distribution worldwide.
Some of our most successful products include TRICAINE-S (MS-222) which is an FDA approved fish anesthetic and OVADINE® (PVP Iodine) which is a buffered fish egg disinfectant. We are the world's largest producer of MS-222, which is marketed in the USA under the brand name TRICAINE-S and in Norway under the brand name FINQUEL. Both our MS-222 and our Ovadine are manufactured at our Ferndale plant. We are also North America's leading supplier of FDA approved formalin (brand name PARASITE-S) which is produced in West Coast and Eastern locations to allow for cost effective shipping throughout North America. Western Chemical also distributes fish culture products for other companies including 35% PEROX-AID® (from Eka Chemicals) and VIRKON® AQUATIC (from DuPont). Private labeling and custom manufacturing services are also available.
Aquatic Life Sciences
Aquatic Life Sciences
Spring Chinook Salmon
The Aquatic Life Sciences group of companies includes Western Chemical Inc. in the USA, Syndel Laboratories Ltd. of Canada, Syndel Laboratories Private Limited in India and Syndel Asia in Malaysia. Aquatic Life Sciences is a privately held company with corporate headquarters in Ferndale Washington USA and offices in Qualicum Beach, BC, Canada, Hyderabad India and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. For over 30 years, Syndel Laboratories and Western Chemical have been in the forefront of developing and marketing aquaculture pharmaceutical products for distribution worldwide. Syndel is a leader in spawning agents, vaccines, bio-security, & fish health products, while Western is well known for manufacturing and distributing FDA & EPA approved aquaculture products. Aquatic Life Sciences currently markets products to over 40 countries. The company’s business model is to grow through acquisitions, increased product offerings, and by expanding into new markets.
Steven Becker, CEO (ALS) General Manager (Western Chemical)
Steven J. Becker is the CEO of Aquatic Life Sciences Inc. He is responsible for all aspects of the company, including financial, legal, operations, future direction and strategic planning, international relationships and oversight of the company drug registrations in the various countries of operation.
Mr. Becker’s background includes the founding of several companies utilizing, developing and marketing technologies such as voicemail, telecommunications management, spread spectrum, digital microwave and in 1995 the founding and formation of an international wireless communications corporation utilizing propriety, unique technology and software developed first for the US military in top-secret classified operations and then later commercialized for public use.
Mr. Becker has been interviewed and the wireless technology showcased worldwide through various sources, including CNN, the Financial Times, the BBC and Tom Brokaw’s Nightly News. In 2004 Mr. Becker joined Western Chemical Inc. as an investor and General Manager. He has since formed Aquatic Life Sciences Inc. as a holding company and has grown the company through the purchase of Syndel Laboratories Ltd., a Canadian corporation in the spring of 2006.
Washington State Fish Hatchery
Our facilities operate under the standards of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) as well as Good Laboratory Practices (GLP). These guidelines provide a system of processes, procedures, and documentation to assure our products have the identity, strength, composition, quality, and Purity that is appropriate for their intended use.
You can trust the quality of our products.
Our fish hatchery products and biosecurity supplies are used extensively at state, federal, and tribal operated fisheries enhancement hatcheries across North America. We also supply private aquaculture companies, research institutions, fish veterinarians, and public zoos & aquariums.
Our product line continues to expand and we are always on the look out for new and improved products.
Pacific Northwest Salmon Stream
Western Chemical's respect for the environment is unwavering and is reflected in both our products and our record of compliance with environmental regulations.
We consistently meet or exceed all environmental regulations as set forth by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Washington Department of Ecology, US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as well as other regulatory agencies.
We take pride in our people, facilities and products while being well known for our ethics and our commitment to Environmental Stewardship. When purchasing from Western Chemical, you can be assured that the products you are using were manufactured in an environmentally responsible manner.