Scientific Equipment Company (SECO) was established in Philadelphia, PA in 1933 by Thomas McCutcheon and a group of investors. McCutcheon saw an unmet need in the industrial laboratory setting and set out to serve analytical chemists and microbiologists. With the Philadelphia region being home to a large contingent of oil and gas refineries, the company initially focused there. Today, SECO continues to supply the same southwest Philadelphia refinery that it did some 80 years ago.
As the petroleum industry took off following World War II, SECO expanded into supplying chemical manufacturer's laboratories. In the years that followed, the Philadelphia region became a hub for pharmaceutical development and related services. Naturally, as SECO originally set out to do in 1933, the company developed a significant capability to serve the unmet needs of this emerging market segment.
In 1980, having outgrown its original Philadelphia location, the company built a new corporate headquarters and warehouse. This new location in Aston, PA, a suburb of Philadelphia, is located within miles of the critical I-95 corridor. This strategic planning has served the company well, as it is geographically positioned to serve all the east coast within one or two shipping days.
In a world of mergers and shuttered doors, while most of the company’s early competitors have succumb, SECO has stood strong and grown. The company proudly remains a family business, now in the third generation of family ownership and operation.
Since our founding over 85 years ago, we have been stocking and distributing name brand laboratory chemicals, consumables, equipment, glassware, furniture and instruments. We are an authorized distributor for over 200 of the world’s leading manufacturers. Many of our relationships with our supplier’s pre-date World War II. Our vast array of products enables the analytical chemist and microbiologist to source nearly all their product needs from one supplier, SECO.
Combining our comprehensive product offering with our highly trained and experienced team of dedicated employees provides our customers with the ultimate advantage of one stop shopping. We take enormous pride in continually offering our customers remarkable customer service, high order fill rates, and unquestioned integrity.