9142 Golden Street
Alta Loma, CA 91701

While putting himself through school, Don Rowson was an oilfield roustabout in Santa Paula, California, and later became the plant operator for the Beverly Hills Water & Power Company. He began his employment with Suburban Gas in 1956 and worked his way from LP Gas Serviceman to Southern California Regional Manager in 11 years, at which time he was presented the opportunity, as Director, to form Industrial Hydrocarbons, Inc.

The corporation was founded by Donald Rowson in April of 1966 as a subsidiary of Suburban Gas Company. In 1970, he purchased the young company from Suburban, ran it as a family corporation, and built it to an organization of 30 employees, which sold over 30,000,000 pounds of hydrocarbons, fluorocarbons and chlorinated solvents per year.

With the sale of the chemical division in 1984, Industrial Hydrocarbons became a fully dedicated consulting firm specializing in life, health and environmental safety and property protection.


British Aerosol Manufacturers Association (BAMA)
Consumer Specialties Products Association (CSPA)
(Formerly Chemical Specialties Manufacturers Association)
Aerosol Division Board of Directors
Past Chairman
Aerosol Division Advisory Board
Aerosol Division Communications Committee
Aerosol Division Critical Issues Committee
Aerosol Division Hydrocarbon Safety Committee

Aerosol Division Scientific & Technical Affairs Committee
Flammability Sub-Committee
Aerosol Manufacturing & Storage Standards Committee 
Chairman, 1980 - 2000
Technical Liaison
International Code Council (ICC [charter member])
Industry Advisory Committee
Midwest Aerosol Association (MAA)
National Aerosol Association (NAA) 
Board of Directors -  Past Treasurer
Southern Aerosol Technical Association (SATA)
Technical Liaison
Western Aerosol Information Bureau (WAIB)
Life Member
Founding Chairman/President, 1973 - 1979 
Board of Directors, 1973 - 1983
Advisory Board


Western Aerosol Information Bureau
Lifetime Membership for Leadership as Founding President of the Organization for seven years and serving over 10 years on the Board of Directors award presented in 1994
Southern Aerosol Technical Association
Distinguished Service Award for Leadership and Accomplishments in the Aerosol Field award presented October 2004
Consumer Specialty Products Association
Charles E. Alderdice, Jr. Annual Memorial Award for Insight, Leadership and Dedication to the Aerosol Industry since 1966 award presented December 2004


Film - Genie from the Lamp of Science, Co-Producer
TV - History Channel's "Modern Marvels," "Containers," "Cans," by Actuality Productions
Video/CD Rom -
, Co-Producer
Publications -
Hydrocarbon Safety Manual for Plant Laboratory
Co-author & Co-chairman, 1979
Manual Re-write Sub-committee, 1982 & 1999


Aerosol Room Explosion Protection (AREP) Test Project
Canadian Manufacturers of Chemical Specialties (CMCS)
Cosmetics, Toiletries & Fragrances Association (CTFA)

Product Liability Task Force 
Federation of European Aerosols (FEA)
Flammability Committee
Industrial Safety Committee
Transport Task Force
Warehouse Safety Requirements Task Force
International Fire Code Institute (IFCI [charter member])
Los Angeles Society for Coatings Technology (LASCT)
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

NFPA 30B Committee on Aerosol Products (founding voting principal)
Manufacturing Sub-committee 
Spray Paint Committee - 25 years
National Fire Protection Research Foundation (NFPRF)
National Wholesale/Retail Occupancy Fire Research Project
Technical Advisory Committee
National Liquified Petroleum Gas Association (NLPGA)
Research & Development Committee 
National Paint & Coatings Association (NPCA)
Spray Paint Committee 
Society of Cosmetic Chemists (SCC)
Southern Building Code Congress International (SBCCI)
State of California Department of Industrial Safety

Division of Industrial Relations
Industry Safety Committee, Chairman 
Uniform Building Code
Western Fire Chiefs Association (WFCA) 

Western Liquid Gas Association (WLGA)
Safety Committee Chairman 


Safety Training Seminars
Chemical Specialties Manufacturers Association
Anaheim, CA - Atlanta, GA - Chicago, IL - Los Angeles, CA - Newark, NJ
Southern Aerosol Technical Association 
Atlanta, GA
Federation of European Aerosols
Amsterdam, Holland - Bruxelles, Belgium - Florence, Italy - Lugano, Switzerland
Instituto Mexicano del Aerosol
Mexico City, Mexico
The Center for Professional Advancement 
The Hague, Holland - Amsterdam, Holland
Aerosol Storage & Warehousing Seminar
Chicago, IL
Aerosol Technology Seminar
Rosemont, IL

Fire Department Safety Training
China Lake, CA - Denver, CO - Elkhart, IN - Madras, OR - Montebello, CA - Morristown, NJ - Orange County, CA - Riverside, CA - San Bernardino County, CA - Santa Fe Springs, CA - Waterford, CT - Wheaton, IL 
Los Angeles City and Los Angeles County - Hydrocarbon aerosol safety training programs presented to fire department members in order to familiarize them with the properties and characteristics of hydrocarbon propellants.

Member of Volunteer Fire Department
Madras, Oregon


David Dreier for Congress Committee
Congressman, 28th District, California
Finance Chairman
Freepac - California
Free Market Political Action Committee
Past Board of Directors 
Industrial Hydrocarbons Annual Energy Seminars 1979-1981
Professor John J. McKetta 
University of Texas, Austin 
The Honorable David T. Dreier 
Congressman, 35th District, California
Toxic Advisory Committee - Assemblywoman Marion LaFollette
State of California; Hazardous Waste Legislation, 
Toxic Waste Prevention, Sub-committee Chairman


Children's Hope
Claremont McKenna College
CMC Founder
President's Society
Project 21 Fundraising Committee 
Past Chairman
James Madison Society 
Past Chairman 
Alumni Association
Founder, Denver, CO Chapter
Past President 
Past President, Claremont, CA Chapter 
Scholarship Foundation 
Friends of Golf
Founding Friend, Bel Air Country Club
San Dimas Chamber of Commerce 
Past President 
Past Board of Directors 
San Dimas Festival of Western Arts 
Walker House Restoration Committee, Past Chairman
Past Vice-chairman
Board of Directors - Founding Member
Walker House Fundraiser Golf Tournament Chairman 2003 & 2007
San Dimas/LaVerne Family YMCA 
Past Vice-president 
Past Executive Board of Directors 
University of California at Los Angeles 
Athletic Foundation Sustaining Member
Chancellor's Associates
Wooden Center, Founder
University of Minnesota - The President's Club, Scholarship Foundation
Institute of Technology, Abplanalp Sanders Fellowship - Founder
University of Southern California Life Associate - School of Engineering


Claremont Men's College - Class of 1958
B.A., Marketing & Finance
University of California at Los Angeles - Class of 1955
Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity


Married, 4 children, 5 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild
U.S. Army, European Theater, January 1953 - December 1954

Interests: Golf, Grandchildren, Fishing, UCLA, Sports, Art, Fundraising, History, Antiques

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9142 Golden Street
Alta Loma, CA 91737