W.D Forbes is a full line chemical distributor and formulator of products that are used in the general metal finishing, anodizing and painting industries. We offer specialty, commodity and laboratory chemistries with equipment, metals and ancillary products that provide our clients the best possible value and efficiency in their purchases.
After 80+ years in business, we continue to represent and distribute the products for these companies. As the requirements of metal finishing grew, our company continued to expand and attract other leading chemical and equipment manufacturers. Today W.D. Forbes represents over 40 chemical and equipment manufacturers and has expanded their products and services into over 35 different industries within the upper Midwest.
A Tradition of Excellence Since 1928. With over 88 years of providing products and services to the metal finishing industry, W.D. Forbes, under the leadership of Douglas Forbes, is well positioned to meet our clients needs. With a sales and service department holding over 128 years of experience in functional, decorative, anodizing and commodity chemicals, our companys know-how will ensure that your metal finishing needs will be met both today and into the future.
With over 40,000 square feet of hazardous chemical and temperature sensitive storage, company-owned and operated fleets, and FIFO inventory control — we provide best in class lot and location services.
With two fully staffed in-house labs, experienced technicians, and specialized equipment, you can be reassured that you are getting the highest quality product and the service to support it any application.
We offer on-staff personnel to assist in engineering new plating lines and update outdated processes. With a complete line of equipment manufacturers, we can support large and small projects
Our 80+ years of metal finishing experience enable us to offer a full line of diverse, vetted products with in-house intellectual property for custom blended products that are second to none.
At W.D. Forbes, we pride ourselves on quality. With a rigorous quality process led by the Forbes founder, you can be assured our custom formulations and vetted industry partners and products will meet your needs. Explore a sampling of our products below and see how W.D. Forbes can help your company.
Bolts, Nuts, Rivets
Children's Play Equipment
Fabricated Metal Products
Farm Garden Machinery
Food and Beverage Processing
Hard Surface Cleaning
Hand and Edge Tools
Machine Tool Accessories
Metal Heat Treating
Paints and Coatings
Plumbing Fixtures, Fittings and Trim
Relays and Switches