2500 Rutland Drive
Austin, TX 78758

(800) 580-1167
(512) 836-1338 (fax)


Our Vision

World-wide, one-stop shopping for the scientific and technology communities.

Our Mission

Capitol Scientific is a goal-oriented team of dedicated, positive, and successful individuals focused on helping our customers achieve their goals. By encouraging innovation and initiative in our employees, we are always developing new ideas and methods to improve our performance and service.

We are in the business of creating innovative supply-chain management solutions for our customers in the scientific and technology-related communities. Our products and services are delivered consistently on time and are of the highest quality and value for money.

Our belief is that our customers, no matter what size, are our greatest asset, and we view every relationship as a partnership. Capitol Scientific customers partner with us because we are reliable, consistent and trustworthy.

We believe that business opportunities are created through meaningful relationships, rather than companies that happen to do business together. Within these relationships, our customers utilize our solutions and efficiencies which move them closer to their own goals.

Company History

Capitol Scientific was originally formed and incorporated in Austin, Texas in November 1963 as Chem Products, Inc. At that time the founding principals were Lee A. Williams and Mack Johnson. The purpose being to manufacture n-Methyl-Piperazine; a product used in the manufacture of the original anti-histamines in the pharmaceutical market. Chem Products had an excellent product but was unable to produce in sufficient quantities to make a profit, and sold the rights to their manufacturing process.

In the meantime, Lee Williams sold chemicals and high-purity reagents in the Central and South Texas markets to make ends meet. Within a few years of incorporation, J.T. Baker, Inc. recognized Chem Product’s potential as a emerging distributor and offered Chem Products a distributorship. J.T. Baker and Chem Products foresaw that the city of Austin in partnership with the University of Texas was an emerging market for research and high-tech industrial development. With the advent of that initial distributorship, Lee Williams began to add other laboratory product lines along with chemicals.

In 1967, Lee Williams bought out Mack Johnson and started to write letters to other major manufacturers within the industry. This resulted in the successful acquisition of prominent laboratory product lines which included Eppendorf®, Corning®, Nalgene®, Whatman®, Wheaton® and Barnstead/Thermolyne®.

In 1993, Lee Williams offered a sales position to Felix Ware to cover the Austin/Central Texas Market. Felix Ware had come to the company with experience in industrial chemical sales and marketing. Within a seven-year period, he was successful in expanding they company’s revenues financially and geographically, by expanding in to the Semiconductor and Biotech markets. In 1998, Lee Williams retired and promoted Mr. Ware to CEO while retaining title and ownership of the company. To this point the company had acquired and maintained several hundred laboratory and chemical distributorships.

In August 2000, Felix Ware and his wife Caris Palmer purchased the company from Lee Williams. The Wares continue to operate the company and serve the U.S. laboratory market and beyond. Significant expansion in to other states and foreign countries continues daily. Mr. Ware also has served as the ALADN Group’s President from August 1998 to June 2005. Capitol Scientific has remained a family-owned entity since its inception, and continues its expansion to serve customers nation-wide and abroad.

Capitol Scientific has made and enjoyed a rich history and continues to have broad recognition as a comprehensive supplier to the Pharmaceutical, Biotech, R&D, Semiconductor and Industrial manufacturing industries along with Educational Institutions and Government Agencies.