Secret Site Map
Thursday, March 05, 2015

Home News Rhodes Chemical Company Celebrates 50 Years

Rhodes Chemical Company Celebrates 50 Years

Supplier News

The Kansas distributor was founded in 1962 by Roland Rhodes.

| February 20, 2012

Kansas distributor Rhodes Chemical Company was founded in 1962 by Roland Rhodes.

Editor’s note: Kansas-based Rhodes Chemical Company just celebrated 50 years as a distributor to the structural pest management industry. The following article, reprinted with permission from the Missouri Pest Management Association, tells the history of Rhodes and its founder Roland Rhodes.

Roland Rhodes graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry in 1949. Before establishing Rhodes Chemicals in February 1962, Rhodes was the Research and Quality Control Manager for an insecticide formulation company (1956- 1961). The company, “Real-Kill Company” sold retail products to treat household insects.

Rhodes’ first NPCA conference was in October 1957, his first attendance at a Purdue PCO Conference was in January 1958. He was a charter member of UPF&DA in 1968. He has been the Treasurer of UPF&DA for about 20 years. He has been a member of RISE for many years as well. He joined the Entomological Society of America in 1971 and was also an early member of BCE.

Rhodes Chemical Company has continued to support Purdue University, the Entomological Society of American, NPMA and seven state pest management associations in the upper Midwest. Rhodes has continued to supply PMPs in this area with technician training, technical information, products, equipment and other services during these 50 years.

Rhodes has established six college scholarships, majoring in entomology and pest management – Purdue University, University of Illinois, University of Missouri, Kansas State University, University of Nebraska and Iowa State University.

Missouri Pest Management Association (MPMA) President Bryan Ninichuck, president of Wingate Environmental Pest Control, Columbia, Mo., said MPMA has benefitted from Rhodes’ commitment to education and promoting the industry. “This commitment to the industry is obvious. It starts with Roland at the top and trickles down throughout the entire company,” Ninichuck told PCT.

 

Top news

Rollins Acquires Critter Control

Critter Control is 100% franchised with 114 franchises operating in 40 states and two Canadian provinces. It is the largest wildlife control company in the United States.

Rentokil Acquires Buffalo Exterminating

Rentokil North America has acquired Orchard Park, N.Y.-based Buffalo Exterminating, a leading pest control company in Western New York. The deal closed on Jan. 6, and terms were not disclosed.

Gerbils, Not Rats, May Have Caused Black Death

Black rats may not have been to blame for numerous outbreaks of the bubonic plague across Europe, a new study suggests.

More 2014 Angie’s List Award Winners Announced

Angie’s List recently announced the following companies as 2014 Super Service Award winners: Arizona Pest Control, Tucson, Ariz.; Braman Termite and Pest Elimination, Agawam, Mass.; Inspect-All, Conyers, Ga.; and Gannon Pest Control, Solvay, N.Y.

Vetter Pens New Book on the Brown Recluse Spider

‘The Brown Recluse Spider,’ a new publication from spider expert Rick Vetter being published by Cornell University Press, educates readers regarding the biology of the spider and medical aspects of its bites, to reduce the incidence of misdiagnoses, and to quell misplaced anxiety.

x