The 18c Story


Acme-Hardesty began more than 70 years ago. As a division of Jacob Stern and Sons, we’re built upon an even longer history of innovation and growth. Today, we have evolved into one of the largest oleochemical distributors in the United States. Not only are we an oleochemical distributor, but we are a player in the personal care industry as well, where we focus on sustainable, bio-based solutions.

18c is an extension of the Acme-Hardesty brand, the online store platform. Its goal? Tgive customers an easy, efficient way to purchase smaller quantities of our high-quality products. Your one stop shop for oleochemicals and personal care solutions. 

Acme-Hardesty is one of the largest distributors of castor oil in the world. Castor oil has many great applications including soaps, lubricants, and personal care. It is also a well-known source of ricinoleic acid, a monounsaturated, 18-carbon fatty acid. This is where our 18c story centered its foundation. 18c: 18 carbons. Castor oil is a key product for our business which is why it was chosen to link our e-commerce and traditional business together. 

At 18c you will receive the same unwavering high-quality customer service that you receive at Acme-Hardesty. You will receive the same superior grade products. You will form a relationship worth investing in. 

For everyone at Acme-Hardesty, it’s about more than simply what we do—it’s about the way we do it—one company, guided by principle and driven by a passion to serve our customers better, each and every day. 


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