In 1883, Joseph Maria Huber arrives in America as a salesman to develop new markets for his family’s dry colors business. Although he did not set off on his own until some years later, the J.M. Huber Corporation considers this to be its founding date, not only because its founder fell in love with America at first sight, but also because his early activities here made all future business possible. He opens his first dry color plant in Brooklyn, New York, in 1891.

Starting in the 1920s, Joseph begins transitioning control of his company to his sons, but remains active in its affairs until his death in 1933.

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