experience extends back to the 1920's when BJ
Pollard first applied liquid calcium chloride on
gravel roads in suburban Detroit, Michigan.
Brother Joseph had worked with BJ in Detroit and
suggested to brother Raymond in 1937 that they
try the same in Canada. Hence the Pollard
Brothers partnership began. The first load
of calcium chloride was spread in Colchester
South Township in that same year.
years, Pollard Brothers were entrepreneurs
of other business activities. From
building ammunition boxes to equipment
manufacturing to crop spraying in the fifties
and sixties, Pollard Brothers was always ready
to entertain new opportunities.
The death of
co-founder Joseph in 1967 left a huge void in
the liquid calcium industry. Fortunately
brother Raymond was quick to maintain strength
in continuity with the addition of sons Larry
and Brian into the Pollard Bros Limited
leasing was added in the seventies to the
Pollard experience when fleet tractors, dump
trailers and tankers were maintained and leased
to Allied Chemical (predecessor to General
Chemical Canada Ltd.)
1979 saw the
incorporation of Pollard Bros (Calcium) Ltd. and
Pollard Bros (Sunflower) Ltd. with an
appropriate division of activities. The
corresponding retirement of Raymond Pollard left
Lawrence Pollard as president and CEO of Pollard
Bros (Calcium) Ltd. and Brian Pollard as
president and CEO of Pollard Bros (Sunflower)
entrepreneurial spirit of the Pollards continued
under Lawrence Pollard. The 1980's and
saw Pollard return to the US where it had its
first experiences in liquid calcium chloride.
The expansion of trucking services (through its
affiliate Pollard Transport) included the
distribution of highway salt to Ontario highway
storage depots on behalf of major salt
producers. This further development
complimented Pollard's high profile serving the
municipal road maintenance industry.
Pollard has taken special interest in providing
liquids of strategically positioned distribution
terminals to better serve the same industry.
With the relatively recent introduction of
pre-wetting and de-icing products Pollard has
been a pioneer in product development and
application techniques in Ontario.
The demise of
Pollard's sole supplier, General Chemical Canada
Ltd, in 2005 seemed to present a dark shadow on
Pollard's future; but with trials came
perseverance, dedication, creativity, and
leadership of 3rd generation Kevin Pollard, the
sister companies, "Trillium Distribution Group"
developed its own product supply of calcium rich
brine and calcium chloride solution.
Trillium now is the only supplier of 35%
equivalent calcium chloride solution made in
Pollard has been the primary Ontario distributor
of liquids produced or supplied by its sister
company, Trillium Distribution. Trillium
Distribution produces the only 35% calcium
chloride equivalent liquid ( 'DM 35 ') made in
The addition of DM 35, Dustmaster20, Sodium
Chloride Solutions, Mastermelt and
Agrimelt Blends into product lines have offered patrons
more choices for selecting the best dust control
or ice control products for their particular
needs and environment.
name change to Pollard Highway Products Ltd.
recognizes its focus and identity as a leader in
the municipal roads industry. To protect
its customers and provide adequate supplies of
quality products Pollard has partnered with many
reputable companies and distributors.
initial involvement in dust suppression in the
thirties to road stabilization, dust control,
de-icing, freeze-proofing, pre-wetting, trucking
and product distribution networks, the Pollard
tradition and entrepreneurial spirit continues.