Biography – Arthur P. Haag, President
Education & Certifications
In 1951, Arthur Haag received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Mr. Haag is licensed as a Professional Chemical Engineer in California and Ohio, where he lived before moving to Texas in the late 1970s.
Mr. Haag is the recipient of five United States patents, including a process patent for manufacturing titanium trichloride (TiCl3).
Arthur Haag began his engineering and business career as a process engineer at the Wisconsin Steel Works in 1951 before serving in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War.
Between 1953 and 1966, Mr. Haag held positions of increasing technical, sales and management responsibility at Stauffer Chemical, Temescal Metallurgical, San Fernando Laboratories, and Dow Chemical/Dow Corning (e.g. group manager of R&D, plant manager, account sales executive, etc.). During this period, he also made significant contributions to the development and manufacturing of new catalysts used to produce plastics.
In the mid-1960s, Mr. Haag founded PureChem, a specialty chemical company to manufacture catalysts for the production of polypropylene. After he sold PureChem, he served for almost two decades as the President of the Catalyst Division of Dart Industries and later, the President of the Catalyst Resources subsidiary of Phillips Petroleum. In those positions, Mr. Haag ran both Aztec Chemicals in Elyria, Ohio, and PureChem in Houston, Texas. Mr. Haag retired from Phillips in 1986.
Starting with small experiments in his home kitchen, Mr. Haag used his chemical background to develop a product aimed at assisting plastic processors. Continuous tweaking to his formula and promising results led Mr. Haag to outgrow his kitchen laboratory and start more advanced testing. In 1992, he invented Purgex™, and founded his most successful venture: Neutrex, Inc. Arthur Haag remains highly involved with all aspects of the business.
In 2008, Mr. Haag and Neutrex were recipients of the President’s E-Award for exporting excellence. In 2013, Mr. Haag and Neutrex were again recognized by the U.S. Department of Commerce for their export growth by receiving the President’s E-Star Award.