Hercules Chemical Co. was recently named the 2003 Large Business of the Year by the Passaic Urban Enterprise Zone Development Corp. It is the first company in Passaic County and the sixth in New Jersey to receive the award, first given out 10 years ago.

In November, Hercules achieved ISO 9001:2000 certification, which recognizes companies that adhere to high standards for quality. Earlier this year, Hercules received a Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program Award from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Hercules is one of the few organizations in the country that is both employee-owned and unionized.