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Founded in 1955 by a small group of chemical industry executives who sought to encourage an academic interest in Chemistry, the Chemistry Council of New Jersey (CCNJ), formerly the Chemical Industry Council of New Jersey, has grown in scope and presence to become one of the nation’s leading state trade associations.  The new name, adopted in September 2001, reflects a more diverse membership, but it is important to recognize the historical milestones the CCNJ has marked through five decades of work in New Jersey.

Through its first decade of service, the CCNJ, under the leadership of Kenneth Klipstein of American Cyanamid, met as an informal group to share product developments and offer educational programs for students and teachers.  In the early 1960s, the educational mission of the organization was best symbolized by the “Chemical Caravan,” a program that brought teachers, students and industry leaders together to discuss advancements and opportunities in the field of Chemistry.


New Jersey Industry Facts:

Over 96% of all manufactured goods are directly touched by the business of chemistry, making this industry an essential part of every facet of our nation’s economy.

NJ Chemistry Industry Council Education Foundation:

Founded in 1999, the New Jersey Chemistry Council Education Foundation (NJCCEF), administered by the Chemistry Council of New Jersey, has raised more than $225,000 to promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education and the many opportunities available in the business of chemistry.