2016 1996 1986 1958 1945

Elé Corporation is an independent, single-facility, Chicago area company founded in 1945.

Our passion for manufacturing inventive chemical solutions has been revolutionary throughout our history.


  • In the late 1950s, we were the first poly foam systems manufacturer to the automotive industry. These products were used mostly for cushioning (flexible foam), coatings (polyurethane modified oil-based), and thermal insulation applications (rigid foam).
  • In the 1970s, we were pioneers in supplying catalysts and silicone chemistries for PIR (polyiso foam), which were used to make fire-safe roof insulation. And, our fundamental chemical advances were employed to assist in the development of several components of the U.S. military’s combat uniforms (military SBIRs).

Adapting to an evolving chemical manufacturing market, Elé worked as one with a mission to unite technological expertise with manufacturing excellence and outstanding customer service.

Today, the company has grown and developed into a preferred supplier of catalysts, specialty polyols and silicone surfactants to the ever-expanding PU market.

Over the past 20 years, Elé has become distinguished in the global marketplace as a world class supplier of specialty chemical products in agriculture, metalworking and lubricants, polyurethane, personal care, pulp and paper, household, industrial & institutional (HI&I), and C.A.S.E.