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In 1964 Herbert Ravitz created UNIVERSAL PRESERVACHEM INC. as a provider of chemical ingredients for the food and cosmetic industries.  Mr. Ravitz designed a business model with a foundation based on its people, process and product. His business principles were defined by ethical, honest, hardworking  and competitive business practices. Those same principles were passed down to sons Michael and Daniel, who have built upon the original business plan.  Today, UPI is serving another generation of customers with care, quality and service.

Over the last 50 years UPI has transformed into one of North Americas premier providers of natural ingredients and chemicals employed within a multitude of industries.  This transformation would not of been possible without the commitment and dedication of our entire UPI family.

Get to know some of our Team Members below and find out what they can do for you.

Daniel Ravitz
Daniel Ravitz
President
Entered into the business after arriving from Union College in 1988 with a degree in engineering. Was an integral player in transitioning the business from Brooklyn to Edison NJ (1997) and from Edison to our current Somerset location in 2006. Has a passion for Operations, but very much involved in sales and sourcing as well.
Herbert Ravitz
Herbert Ravitz
Chairman Emeritus and Founder
Graduated City College of New York (1950) and worked as a salesperson for a number of companies including Dow Corning, Washine Chemical and Goldschmidt Chemical. He Was able to transition a number of entrepreneurial ideas from concept to reality. Longtime member SCC and DCAT. Herb still offers valuable perspective on the cosmetic and food industry. His energy and passion have been the guiding forces to take UPI where it is today.
Michael Ravitz
Michael Ravitz
Vice President, Sales & Marketing
Joined UPI in 1987 after three years of working as a legislative assistant for US Representative Harold Ford in Washington, DC. Brought along interpersonal skills honed on Capitol Hill that still resonates today. Graduate of Boston University, focus is strictly customer based.
Alan Margolies
Alan Margolies
Controller
Don Martel
Don Martel
Operations Manager
Steve Piekarski
Steve Piekarski
Purchasing Manager
Mary Harmsen
Mary Harmsen
Customer Service Manager

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