Q: IS GFS ISO certified? What exactly does ISO 9001 certification mean?
A: The letters refer to the International Standardization Organization. Registration to an appropriate ISO designation indicates compliance with specific standards and practices for key aspects of both manufacturing and business management. This ensures that official company procedures and protocols are consistently applied to the control of both materials and internal processes. If you would like a copy of our ISO Certificate, you can download it here.
Q: What's the best reason for me to consider GFS as a chemicals supplier?
A: Since we are a primary manufacturer of a wide range of chemical products, it is very likely that we can provide you with a product you need, at a most competitive price, and with the personal service that only a family company can offer.
Q: Does GFS regularly add technology to its manufacturing base?
A: We keep pace with our customers by both developing and acquiring new technology on a regular basis. Our engineering expertise recently allowed us to incorporate Farchan Laboratories’ acetylene and liquid ammonia chemistries into our new organic production operation.
Q: How does GFS sell its products?
A: The GFS catalog offers research and lab quantities of over 3000 chemicals. Requests for bulk quantities (kilos to tons) are answered promptly and sold directly to the customer. Many customers also buy GFS products conveniently through local distributors.
Q: Does GFS regularly ship its products to foreign markets?
A: Yes, GFS is a major supplier of both bulk and specialty reagents to a broad range of customers in all the world markets. Our products can be purchased directly from our Ohio office, or from a number of distributors in Australia, Asia, Europe, and Canada.
Q: Is security a prominent issue at GFS?
A: Even before the events of 9/11/01, GFS was implementing new controls in all its production environments. This includes more restricted access to areas involved in chemical manufacturing, distribution, and storage. New two-way radios have been provided to improve the connection among the various buildings that make up the plant operations. Matters of safety and security extend to GFS employees, customers, and also to the transportation agents that convey chemical products.
Q: Why do you need to know how I'm going to use the chemicals I buy?
A: The general GFS manufacturing operation is not certified by the FDA or any other government agency for the production of chemicals that will be directly used in food, drug, or cosmetic applications. If you need chemicals for such purpose, GFS is not able to sell them to you. Many customers connected to these industries do buy GFS products to use as reactants or intermediates in their synthetic chemistries, but not as additives to their consumer products.
Q: What other restrictions might affect the way I do business with GFS?
A: There could be a number of things. We cannot sell chemicals to individuals who are not connected to a recognized business or institution. Delivery of chemicals to residential addresses is a problem because there is no way to ensure immediate receipt, which is necessary to keep the material from falling into the wrong hands. Several chemicals are restricted in their distribution because they are classified as drug precursors. These and other restrictions and guidelines are the reason why GFS and other reputable chemical companies require significant amounts of information in order to establish a customer account for you. This is a process that protects everybody.
Q: What about bulk chemical manufacturing for production use?
A: Bulk manufacturing is subject to guidelines pertaining to the EPA inventory given under section 8(b) of TSCA. Manufacture of material that is not listed on TSCA requires submission of a pre-manufacturing notice. It is the responsibility of the buyer to ensure approval for use under TSCA of any product purchased from GFS and to advise GFS if a pre-manufacturing notice is required.
Q: Where does the issue of TSCA compliance come in?
A: The law obligates us to demonstrate diligence in ensuring that GFS products are purchased and used by qualified individuals. In the case of chemicals not included in the Toxic Substances Control Act inventory, it is imperative that such materials are used only for R&D purposes, by qualified technicians capable of understanding and communicating their respective hazards.
Q: How big is GFS?
A: The company has about 140 employees; the production site occupies about 20 acres of land, and the corporate offices are situated on 75 acres in Powell, Ohio, a suburb north of Columbus. Over 45,000 sq. ft. of plant capacity is available.
Q: Who owns GFS? Is it a division of a large company?
A: The company is independent and still privately owned and operated by the third generation of the Smith family.
Q: Where is GFS located?
A: Our manufacturing plant has been at the same location in Columbus, Ohio, USA since the company was founded in 1928.
Q: What do the letters GFS stand for?
A: They are the initials of our founder, Professor G. Frederick Smith, Professor of Analytical Chemistry at the University of Illinois.