About Us

With over 100 years of experience, Copperhead Chemical Company® is a leading manufacturer of pharmaceutical-grade nitroglycerin (glyceryl trinitrate) and diluted nitroglycerin mixtures for cardiac therapy and other medical treatments. Copperhead is also an experienced manufacturer of energetic materials used in propellants, fuel additives, and munitions applications. Copperhead has recently introduced multifunctional cosmetic ingredients and preservatives to its product offering.

Copperhead Chemical Company® is committed to Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) and Process Safety Management which assures the consistent high quality demanded by the industries we serve. This makes us an ideal partner to satisfy your custom manufacturing needs.

Acquired by PMC Group International, Inc. in February 2021, Copperhead Chemical Company® is a member of the PMC Group companies. The acquisition notice may be found here. Information about PMC Group Companies, Inc. may be found at www.pmc-group.com.


Copperhead's manufacturing facility is located in Tamaqua, PA, approximately 100 miles northwest of Philadelphia, close to Interstate Highways 78, 80, and 81. The site consists of 875 acres in the scenic foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. The facility opened in the early 1900's when Pott's Powder Company began manufacturing dynamite and was previously operated by Atlas Powder Company and ICI Explosives. In 1997, Copperhead purchased the site and began supplying some of the most well known companies in the pharmaceutical and defense industries. Our facilities, equipment, procedures and expertise enable us to produce high quality products, safely, and with no adverse impact on the environment.

Energetic Materials

With over 100 years of experience, Copperhead Chemical Company® is a leading manufacturer of energetic materials derived from the nitration of glycol esters. These materials are used as energetic ingredients for propellants, explosives and fuel additives. Our facilities and equipment are designed for safe handling of flammable and explosive materials. These specialty products are manufactured according to strict quality requirements and meet specific customer specifications.

Pharmaceutical Nitroglycerin Formulations

Copperhead's manufacturing facility is an FDA registered site operating in compliance with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP). We manufacture pharmaceutical-grade nitroglycerin and diluted nitroglycerin mixtures as bulk pharmaceutical ingredients. We offer standard and custom blended formulations for use in a variety of delivery systems such as oral, trans-dermal and intravenous.

Preservatives and Cosmetic Ingredients

We recently expanded our product offerings to include a line of plant-based, multifunctional ingredients with preservative properties. The components of these products are generally recognized as safe and are non-toxic. The products are manufactured according to GMP and they are excellent for use in cosmetics applications. For industrial applications we offer a product that is registered with the US EPA under FIFRA.

Custom Manufacturing and Custom Synthesis

We offer custom manufacturing services and have manufactured products such as activator solution for DNA/RNA syntheses and a mold release agent. Our extensive laboratory is available for custom analytical work and lab-scale custom synthesis.

Mission Statement


To continually attract and win new business, leveraging our core expertise and quality program to produce specialty materials safely and responsibly.


To strategically partner with our customers, providing them with specialized and high quality energetic and pharmaceutical materials to meet their unique needs.


Integrity, Purpose, Care, and Respect are the core values that embody our culture, keep us aligned and help us make decisions.

Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards

Our policy represents the Copperhead culture and the commitment we have made to enhance our reputation as an outstanding and responsible corporate citizen.

In our relationship with vendors, customers, business partners, and each other we will:

Act Responsibly 

Foster a Safe and Healthy Workplace 

Uphold Human Rights and Fair Employment Practices

Do Business with Integrity

Keep Private Information Private

Compete with Fairness

Protect the Environment

Source Responsibly

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Pharmaceutical Nitroglycerin Formulations

For more than seventy years, Copperhead has manufactured pharmaceutical-grade nitroglycerin.

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Energetic Materials

Copperhead is an experienced manufacturer of explosive ingredients for use in propellants and munitions applications.

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Preservatives and Cosmetic Ingredients

Copperhead has expanded its product offerings to include a line of plant-based, multifunctional ingredients with preservative properties.

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GMP Custom Manufacturing

Copperhead excels in the area of GMP custom manufacturing. A wide range of pilot and full scale production equipment is available.

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