Be Inspired

Learn about the science of success, and discover how United Chemical became the industry leader it is today.

United Chemical has a long and rich history within our industry, and over the years has made a lasting impact. But what drives us? Why do we do what we do? And how do we go about doing it? As our CEO Scott Hamilton explains, it starts with the founder and his father Jock Hamilton:

The Why - Our Core Purpose

"Jock was incredibly smart – a genius. It seemed like he knew everthing, and more so could explain it so you would understand. When I was about 10 years old or so, Dad and I were in the car talking about something science related – we were a bit geeky like that. I remember asking him “Dad, you’re so smart – why aren’t you President or something? Why make pool chemicals? Why not do something big that matters?” He thought to himself for a second, and said “Well, I think what I do does matter. I help people, and I make people happy.”

Make People Happy

Our mission is to make a positive impact on the world – to make it a happier place!

The How - Core Values

At United Chemical, we hold certain values above all others – and this governs how we operate. These all stem from the core values Jock used to build us from the ground up. It serves as our compass as we pursue our purpose.


Jock was always incredibly honest. He would always tell me “you can do alot of things – just never lie to me.” He valued trust above all else, and you could see it in how he conducted himself. Jock was never afraid to be honest, and was never afraid of people being honest with him – in fact, he encouraged it. The biggest sin you could commit was telling a lie.


Jock would often make a contract on a handshake; his word was impeccable.

I remember he came home one-day from work and announced with a sigh and exclaimed “well, I just lost $20million dollars today”. My faced turned white – that was a big number and I assumed that was the same as saying “we lost everything”. He saw the look on my face, and kind of chuckled. He explained that he had made a promise decades ago, and by keeping that promise had cost him a $20 million dollar opportunity. I asked “Well, if it was so long ago – and it doesnt really affect the people you promised – why not go ahead and do it?” He simply replied “because I gave my word.”

Few can give an exact number on what their word was worth. For Jock, it was priceless.


Jock loved to tinker – I think it’s where I get it from. He was always looking for ways to reinvent things, finding new opportunities. Growing up, he had a favorite phrase he would repeat – he even had me tape it next to bed so it would be the first thing I saw when I woke up and the last thing I saw when I went to sleep: “if you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.”

Jock embraced changed and recognized it as a necessity in life and business.


Jock loved to teach. If you ever got on the phone with Jock, it was hard to get him to stop talking. It wasn’t uncommon for him to spend 3 hours on the phone talking to someone about their problem. It didn’t matter if your were the president of a company, or a homeowner – he wouldn’t let you off the phone until you understood everything. He was like this with everyone; he saw every interaction as an oppurtunity to educate. And when he wasn’t educating someone else, he was educating himself – reading anything he could get his hands on. He truly believed that education was empowering, and shared that empowerment with everyone he could.

"Jock's Compass"

We created "Jock's Compass" as a constant reminder of our core purpose and values. And if we ever lose our way, or lose sight of where we need to go or what to do, we can use this compass to get back on track.