Inc. is a family owned and operated
business comprised of four (4) Divisions.
• National Ammonia Company
• Bower Ammonia & Chemical
• Northeastern Ammonia
• Hamler Industries
We operate 19
strategically located facilities that provide
product and service to all Eastern and Central Time
Zones of the United States, and as far West as Denver.
Our company's highest
priority is to supply quality
product in a safe and efficient manner, and as members
of the National
Association of Chemical Distributors we have implemented
the RESPONSIBLE DISTRIBUTION PROCESS. Responsible
Distribution is a quality
assurance program dedicated to protecting
the health and safety
of employees, communities, and the environment.
Inc. is a third generation, family owned
and operated distributor of anhydrous
ammonia whose headquarters are located
in Southampton, PA. The roots of our family business
date back to December 31, 1954 when Lawrence Tanner,
the grandfather of the current management, along with
his three sons Richard, Edward and Raymond purchased
the National Ammonia Co. from E.I. DuPont. Although
Lawrence was active in the business, he immediately
named his middle son, Edward, President of the company.
At the time, National Ammonia Co. was an unprofitable,
local cylinder distributor that operated out of a
facility in Northeast Philadelphia. One of the first
things Lawrence did after buying the business was
to buy a flatbed truck to deliver the cylinders to
our customers, rather than having to use common carriers
to deliver them, and soon thereafter the business
was turning a profit. In 1971 National Ammonia Co.
acquired one of its major competitors, the Henry Bower
Chemical Manufacturing Co., from Diamond Shamrock.
Two additional purchases were to follow: Northeastern
Ammonia Company was acquired in 1985, and Hamler Industries
in 1991. In 1977 Tanner Industries, Inc. was formed
as a parent to the operating divisions and is the
name that the business operates under today.
Edward Tanner ran the
business until his death in 1984. At that time Richard,
the oldest of the three sons had already retired from
the business and Raymond was named President. Raymond
ran the company until 1990 when he named Stephen “Brad”
Tanner, the middle of Edward’s three sons who
were active in the business, to the position of President,
representing the third generation of Tanner management.
Today Brad continues to run the business.
Since the purchase of
National Ammonia Co. in 1954 the company has grown
from that local Philadelphia cylinder distributor
into one of the largest anhydrous
in the United States, selling its products in
cylinders, drums, totes, l.t.l. bulk, full truckloads
and rail cars. While we still operate locally out
of that original plant in Northeast Philadelphia,
the offices were moved to Southampton, PA in 1998
and we have added 18 additional plant
facilities around the country. From these
facilities we make upwards of 20,000 deliveries per
year, 97% to 98% of which are made by our own drivers
in our own equipment. We operate a truck fleet today
that has grown from that original flatbed truck in
1955 to over 200 tractors and trailers. We also maintain
a fleet of 150 rail cars.