When Joseph Maria Huber arrived in New York from Germany in 1883, he was greeted by an America that was bursting with industry and invention, including the birth of a new mass media—newspapers, magazines and advertising.
Just as railroads, telephones and steam engines had transformed America, so too would the emergence of mass media. It would push American popular culture across the globe. Yet this national identity wasn’t forged by Carnegie’s steel or fueled by Rockefeller’s oil. It was fed by an unquenchable demand for ink—Huber’s ink. Indeed, the rapid growth of the communications and advertising industries created greater demand for ink than ever.
Against this backdrop, Joseph Maria Huber launched his business with a single manufacturing plant, creating dry colors, which are pigments used to produce inks. Over the years, the J.M. Huber Corporation has constantly evolved—entering new markets, serving new industries, expanding its global presence. Yet one thing has remained unchanged: the importance of family ownership.
Today, Huber is one of the largest privately held companies in the U.S. As the company welcomes its sixth generation of Huber family members, it continues to carry on the legacy of Joseph Maria Huber by adhering to the Huber Principles, the foundation for the way the company conducts business everywhere it operates.
Here are some highlights from Huber’s history: