Cole-Parmer Milestones

From its beginnings in 1955, Jerry Cole and John Parmer sought to establish Cole-Parmer as a scientific supply company that served customers with excellence. Building on their early success, Cole-Parmer has evolved to become an international enterprise with offices in Canada, the United Kingdom, India, and China.

Customers can shop for fluid handling and analysis instrumentation and supplies, laboratory products, temperature measurement, and test and measurement equipment through multiple channels. Cole-Parmer also manufactures globally recognized brand products including Masterflex®, Oakton®, and Digi-Sense™. The Cole-Parmer family now includes Davis Instruments and Environmental Express—and continues to evolve. Yet, one singular goal remains: to serve customers with excellence.

  • Cole-Parmer Instrument Company established.
    224 W. Illinois Street, Chicago, IL.
    In a 1,200-square-foot loft
    Owners — Mr. Jerome Cole and Mr. John Parmer
  • Hired first employee, Alberta Pinson- 3/5/55
Mr.Cole and Mr.Parmer
  • Publication of first nationally direct-mailed catalog
first catalog- nationally direct-mailed
  • Moved to 7330 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IUL, 12,000-square-foot facility
Moved to Chicago facility
  • Acquired Barnant Company - Masterflex® pumps
  • Moved to 7425 N. Oak Park Ave., Niles, IL 47,000-square-foot building, three acres of land with 38 associates. Before company moved again, the building was expanded three times and additional warehouse and office space was leased.
Acquired Barnant company. Moved to Niles
  • International Division established
International Division Established
  • Published and direct-mailed the first 4-color color catalog in the industry
1985 Wholesale department established
  • Opened Labcor in Montreal, Canada later named Cole-Parmer Canada
  • Opened service center in Bejing, China
Opened in Canada and China
1991 Acquired Gilmont Instruments
  • Moved to our present, 269,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility in Vernon Hills, IL
Vernon Hills state of the art warehouse
  • Acquired Manostat Pumps
  • Cole-Parmer acquires Eutech Instruments, Singapore
Acquired Manostat Pumps and Eutech Instruments, Singapore
1996 Opened in England
  • e-Commerce division established in April
ecommerce devision established
  • Fisher™ accumet™ product management moves to Cole-Parmer; manufacturing moves to Eutech in Singapore
2002 InnoCal launched
  • Cole-Parmer China established in Shanghai, China
Established Shanghai, China
  • Cole-Parmer established office in Mumbai, India
  • BioConnect® program established in May, offering single-use custom assemblies
established India office
  • Acquired Davis Instruments
Acquired Davis Instruments
2014 Launched expanded line of Digi-Sense
2015 Acquired Environmental Express
Acquired Ismatec