Buckman is a privately held, global specialty chemical company serving customers all over the world in the leather, pulp and paper, and water treatment industries.

Headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee, the company is situated on the same spot as the original building established by Dr. Stanley J. Buckman as World War II was coming to a close. Dr. Buckman was a biochemist who had been working to develop a decay-resistant wood for military use and was aware of microbiological problems that existed in the manufacture of pulp and paper. 

Today, Buckman is present in over 90 different countries. Although the focus on the pulp and paper industry remains, the company has built a solid presence in several other industries, including leather, power, ethanol, oil and gas, and steel. Buckman’s extensive and innovative technologies are manufactured in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Belgium, South Africa, China and Singapore.

The company’s achievements include two U.S. EPA Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards for its enzymatic technologies. It reports to the Global Reporting Initiative on a biannual basis and prides itself on being an environmentally conscious manufacturer, with an ongoing commitment to transparency in reporting and continuous improvement in sustainability.

About 1,700 global associates operate under the leadership of Steven B. Buckman, CEO, who celebrated his personal 40-year anniversary with Buckman in 2014, and Kathy Buckman Gibson, President and COO for Buckman International, who is the third generation of Buckman family leadership.