Our History


Ole Bardahl, a Norwegian immigrant, came to the United States in 1922 and settled in Ballard, a community of Scandinavian immigrants located in Northwest Seattle. After purchasing a small chemical company, he developed a unique formula for oil additives. Over the next 20 years the business steadily grew and based on its reputation for quality, the company expanded rapidly across the country and internationally until it became the leading additive manufacturer and supplier in the US.