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Aceto Corporation engages in the marketing, sale, and distribution of pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, specialty, and industrial chemicals used primarily in the agricultural, color producing, pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, and surface coating industries worldwide. It operates in three segments: Health Sciences, Chemicals and Colorants, and Agrochemicals. The Health Sciences segment includes the active ingredients for generic pharmaceuticals, vitamins, and nutritional supplements, as well as products used in preparing pharmaceuticals primarily by drug companies and biopharmaceuticals. The Chemicals and Colorants segment includes various specialty chemicals used in plastics, resins, adhesives, coatings, food, flavor additives, fragrances, cosmetics, metal finishing, electronics, air-conditioning systems, and other areas; dye and pigment intermediates used in the color-producing industries, such as textiles, inks, paper, and coatings; and intermediates used in the production of agrochemicals. The Agrochemicals segment offers herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides, as well as a sprout inhibitor for potatoes. Aceto Corporation was incorporated in 1947 and is headquartered in Lake Success, New York.


Agrium, Inc. engages in the production, marketing, and distribution of agricultural products and services, and nutrients for agricultural and industrial markets in North America and Argentina. It offers a range of liquid and dry fertilizer products, including nitrogen, phosphate, potash, and minor elements; and crop protection chemicals, such as herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides, as well as provides seeds that include corn, soybeans, cotton, canola, and alfalfa. In addition, the company offers various services, such as product application, soil testing, tissue testing, crop input recommendations, and follow-up yield analysis. It provides its products through wholesalers and retailers, primarily to agricultural and industrial customers in North America, northeast Asia, and Mexico. The company was founded as Cominco Fertilizers, Ltd. in 1931 and changed its name to Agrium, Inc. in 1995. Agrium is headquartered in Calgary, Canada.


Albemarle Corporation engages in the development, manufacture, and marketing of specialty chemicals worldwide. It operates through three segments: Polymer Additives, Catalysts, and Fine Chemicals. The Polymer Additives segment provides flame retardants; and plastic additives, such as curatives for polyurethane and epoxy system polymerization, as well as for ultraviolet curing of various inks and coatings; and antioxidants and stabilizers. The Catalysts segment offers refinery catalysts comprising hydroprocessing catalysts and fluidized catalytic cracking catalysts and additives, as well as polyolefin catalysts comprising aluminum- and magnesium-alkyls, and metallocene/single-site catalysts. The Fine Chemicals segment provides performance chemicals, such as elemental bromine, alkyl bromides, inorganic bromides, tertiary amines, potassium and chlorine-based products, alkenyl succinic anhydride, and aluminum oxides; pharmachemicals to provide temporary pain relief and fever reduction; agrichemicals, including orthoalkylated anilines, methyl bromide, and organophosphorus products; and fine chemistry services and intermediates. The company sells its products to various customers, including manufacturers of electronics, building and construction materials, automotive parts, packaging, pharmachemicals, and agrichemicals, as well as to petroleum refiners. Albemarle was incorporated in 1993 and is based in Richmond, Virginia.


Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. operates in the industrial gas and related industrial process equipment business worldwide. The company operates through three segments: Gases, Chemicals, and Equipment. The Gases segment recovers and distributes industrial gases, such as oxygen, nitrogen, argon, hydrogen, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, synthesis gas, and helium, as well as medical and specialty gases, which include fluorine products, rare gases, and other common gases. This segment also engages in the company's electronics business, global healthcare, power generation, and flue gas treatment businesses. The Chemicals segment produces and markets performance materials that comprise performance polymers, performance solutions, and performance products; and chemical intermediates that consist of amines and polyurethane intermediates. The Equipment segment manufactures equipment for cryogenic air separation, gas processing, natural gas liquefaction, and hydrogen purification equipment. It also designs and builds systems for recovering hydrogen, nitrogen, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, and low dew point gases using membrane technology, as well as cryogenic transportation containers for liquid helium and hydrogen. Further, this segment offers plant design, engineering, procurement, and construction management services. Air Products and Chemicals serves chemical processing, electronics, refining, food processing, medical gases, furniture cushioning, insulation, carpet underlay, bedding, and automobile seating industries. The company was founded in 1940 by Leonard P. Pool and is headquartered in Allentown, Pennsylvania.


American Pacific Corporation, a specialty chemical company, produces products used primarily in space flight and defense systems, automotive airbag safety systems, fire extinguishment systems, and explosives. It also offers aerospace equipment, and equipment used to purify air or water in municipal, industrial, and power generation applications. The company operates through three segments: Specialty Chemicals, Aerospace Equipment, and Other Businesses. The Specialty Chemicals segment engages in the production of ammonium perchlorate for the aerospace and defense industries used as an oxidizing agent in composite solid propellants for rockets, booster motors, and missiles. This segment also produces and sells sodium azide used in automotive airbag safety systems, and Halotron, a chemical used in fire extinguishing systems. In addition, it also offers propellant grade ammonium perchlorate, which is used in the commercial space launch vehicles, and various defense-related missiles and rockets, as well as other solid fuel rocket motors. The Aerospace Equipment segment supplies commercial and military propulsion products and manufactures bipropellant thrusters for the satellite market. The Other Businesses segment designs, manufactures, and services equipment used to purify air or water in municipal, industrial, and power generation applications. These systems are used by municipalities and sewage plants for the disinfection of drinking water, effluent, and waste water; power plants, desalination plants, chemical plants, and on-shore/off-shore crude oil facilities for the control of marine growth in seawater used in cooling water circuits; and composting plants for the deodorizing of malodorous compounds in contaminated air. Further, the company involves in real estate activities. American Pacific Corporation was founded in 1955 and is based in Las Vegas, Nevada.


A.P. Pharma, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company, develops pharmaceutical products utilizing its polymer-based drug delivery systems. The company offers Retin-A Micro, a dermatological product based on Microsponge technology; and Carac, a chemotherapeutic product. It focuses on the development and commercialization of bioerodible injectable and implantable systems under the name of Biochronomer. In addition, A.P. Pharma develops APF530 product for the prevention of acute and delayed chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting; and APF112 product for the treatment of post-surgical pain. Its APF530 completed a phase I trial and APF112 completed Phase II human clinical trials. The company was founded as AMCO Polymerics, Inc. in 1983 and changed its name to Advanced Polymer Systems, Inc. in 1984. Further, Advanced Polymer Systems changed its name to A.P. Pharma, Inc. in 2001. A.P. Pharma is based in Redwood City, California.


Arch Chemicals, Inc. engages in the manufacture and sale of specialty chemicals worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Treatment Products and Performance Products. The Treatment Products segment manufactures and sells water treatment chemicals; biocides and personal care specialty ingredients; and wood treatment and industrial coatings chemicals. The water treatment chemicals and equipment are used for the sanitization and treatment of residential and commercial pool and spa water, drinking water, and water used in industrial applications. The biocides products control the growth of dandruff on the scalp, as well as micro-organisms, particularly fungi and algae. The wood treatment products protect wood against moisture, fungal decay or termites, and other insects. It sells its wood treatment products primarily to saw mills and treaters of softwoods. The company also manufactures and sells industrial coatings for a various applications for wood and other materials. The Performance Products segment manufactures and sells urethane intermediate products. Its urethane products include flexible polyols, specialty polyols, urethane systems, and glycols and glycol ethers. The company also supplies hydrazine hydrates and hydrazine derivatives for use in chemical blowing agents, water treatment chemicals, agricultural products, pharmaceutical intermediates, and other chemical products, as well as fuel in satellites, expendable launch vehicles, and auxiliary and emergency power units. It serves pool and spa retailers, consumer product companies, furniture manufacturers, chemical and equipment distributors, wood treaters, sawmills, and other chemical manufacturers, as well as the U.S. Government. Arch Chemicals was organized in 1998 and is headquartered in Norwalk, Connecticut.


American Vanguard Corporation, through its subsidiaries, operates as a diversified specialty and agricultural products company. It develops and markets crop protection, turf and ornamental products, and public health insecticides. Its chemicals include insecticides, fungicides, molluscicides, growth regulators, and soil fumigants, which are marketed in liquid, powder, and granular forms. It also offers a line of snail and slug control products used in agriculture; and a deer and rabbit repellant; streptomycin antibiotics used primarily to control Fire Blight; horticultural oil insecticides for aphids, mites, and scale. The company sells its products to the pharmaceutical, cosmetic, and nutritional markets in the United States and internationally. American Vanguard Corp. was founded in 1969 and is headquartered in Newport Beach, California.


Balchem Corporation engages in the development, manufacture, and marketing of specialty performance ingredients and products for the food, feed, and medical sterilization industries in the United States and internationally. It operates through three segments: Specialty Products, Encapsulated/Nutritional Products, and BCP Ingredients. The Specialty Products segment repackages and distributes ethylene oxide, blends of ethylene oxide, propylene oxide, and methyl chloride. Ethylene oxide is used for sterilizing medical devices, including syringes, catheters, scalpels, bandages, and surgical kits. It sells Blends of ethylene oxide as fumigants for killing bacteria, fungi, and insects in spices and other seasoning materials. Propylene oxide is used for bacteria reduction in spice treatment and in various chemical synthesis applications. Methyl chloride is used as a raw material in specialty herbicides, fertilizers, and pharmaceuticals, as well in malt and wine preservers. The Encapsulated/Nutritional Products segment encapsulates food and nutritional ingredients for use in fortification, processing, mixing, packaging applications, and shelf-life. End product applications comprise baked goods, refrigerated and frozen dough systems, processed meats, seasoning blends, confections, and animal nutrition. The BCP Ingredients segment manufactures and supplies choline chloride, a nutrient for animal health, to the poultry and swine industries. The company sells its products through its own sales force, independent distributors, and sales agents. Balchem was founded in 1967 and is headquartered in New Hampton, New York.


Bunge Limited, through its subsidiaries, operates as an agribusiness and food company worldwide. It operates through three divisions: Agribusiness, Fertilizer, and Food Products. The Agribusiness division purchases, processes, and sells grains and oilseeds, such as soybean, sunflower seed, rapeseed or canola, wheat, corn, and sorghum. It sells these products to oilseed processors, feed manufacturers, wheat and corn millers, and edible oil processing companies, as well as livestock, poultry, and aquaculture producers. This division also provides financing services to farmers. The Fertilizer division produces and supplies fertilizers to farmers in South America. Its nutrients operations include mining and processing of single super phosphate, dicalcium phosphate, and phosphoric acid. In addition, its retail operations consist of producing, distributing, and selling mixed NPK formulas, mixed nutrients, and other fertilizer products directly to retailers, processing and trading companies, and farmers. The Food Products division's edible oil products include bottled oils, shortenings, margarine, mayonnaise, and other products derived from the oil refining process; and milling products that comprise wheat flours, dry milled corn grits, meal, and flours, as well as soy-fortified corn meal and corn-soy blend. This segment also produces corn oil and corn feed products. Bunge Limited was founded by Johann Peter Gottlieb Bunge in 1818. The company was formerly known as Bunge Agribusiness Limited and changed its name to Bunge Limited in 1999. Bunge is headquartered in White Plains, New York.


Brady Corporation engages in the manufacture and marketing of identification solutions and specialty materials worldwide. Its products include facility and safety signs and identification tags and markers, pipe and valve markers, asset identification tags, lockout/tagout products, security and traffic control products, and printing systems and software for creating safety and regulatory software; wire and cable markers, labels, laboratory identification labels and printing systems, stand-alone printing systems, bar-code and other software, and automatic identification and data collection systems; and precision die-cut products for use in hard-disk drives, cellular phones, pagers, automobiles, and other personal communication products. The company also designs and produces various computer software packages, industrial thermal-transfer printers, and other electromechanical devices. It also sells various other products, such as automatic identification and data collection solutions and bar-code tags and labels to enable accurate tracking of manufacturing, warehousing, receiving, and shipping data; lettering and labeling systems, poster printers, laminators, and supplies to education and training markets; and hospital and clinical labels. The company primarily serves customers in general manufacturing, maintenance and safety, process industries, construction, electrical, telecommunications, electronics, laboratory/healthcare, airline/transportation, security/brand education, governmental, public utility, and various other industries. It markets and sells its products through multiple channels, including direct sales, distributors, mail-order-catalog marketing, retail, and electronic access through the Internet. Brady Corporation was founded in 1914 by William H. Brady and is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


Cambrex Corporation and its subsidiaries provide products and services to accelerate drug discovery, development, and manufacturing processes for human therapeutics worldwide. It operates through three segments: Bioproducts, Biopharma, and Human Health. The Bioproducts segment offers research products and therapeutic application products; The Biopharma segment provides contract biopharmaceutical process development and manufacturing services; and The Human Health segment produces active pharmaceutical ingredients and pharmaceutical intermediates for use in the production of prescription and over-the-counter drug products, as well as other custom chemicals derived from organic chemistry. Cambrex Corporation sells its products through its direct sales force, independent distributors, and its e-commerce Web site to pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical companies, generic drug companies, biotechnology companies, and research organizations. The company was founded in 1981 and is based in East Rutherford, New Jersey.


Cabot Corporation operates as a specialty chemicals and performance materials company. It operates in four segments: the Carbon Black Business, the Metal Oxides Business, the Supermetals Business, and the Specialty Fluids Business. The Carbon Black Business segment offers rubber blacks, performance products, and inkjet colorants. It serves various markets, including the automotive, building materials, agricultural, coatings, toners, inkjet printing, and electronics markets. The Metal Oxides Business segment provides fumed metal oxides, including fumed silica and fumed alumina, and dispersions; and aerogel product lines. It serves automotive, construction, microelectronics, and consumer products industries. The Supermetals Business segment produces tantalum, niobium and their alloys. Its tantalum products are used for the manufacture of tantalum sputtering targets used in thin film applications, including semiconductors, optics, magnetics, and flat panel displays. The Specialty Fluids Business segment engages in the production and marketing of cesium formate as a drilling and completion fluid for use in oil and gas well operations. Cabot was founded by Godfrey L. Cabot in 1882 and is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts.


Calgon Carbon Corporation offers products and services for the purification, separation, and concentration of liquids and gases primarily in the United States. It operates through three segments: Activated Carbon and Service (ACS), Equipment, and Consumer. The ACS segment produces and sells activated, impregnated, or acid washed carbons, in powdered, granular, or pellet form. Activated carbon is a porous material that removes organic compounds from liquids and gases through adsorption process. The Equipment segment designs and sells equipment systems, which employ activated carbon and ion exchange resins for purification, separation, and concentration, as well as Ionic Separator (ISEP) continuous ion exchange units for the purification of various products in the food, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology industries. The ISEP units are also used to remove nitrate and perchlorate contaminants from drinking water. This segment also offers a continuous chromatographic separation system for applications in the food, pharmaceutical, and fine chemicals markets; Sentinel' drinking water disinfection product line, which is designed to protect municipal drinking water supplies from pathogens, such as Cryptosporidium and Giardia; and C3 Series' open-channel wastewater disinfection product line for municipal wastewater disinfection. The Consumer segment offers charcoal, which is used for barbecue grilling; liquids that are recovered and purified during the process of charcoal production, and sold to the retail and industrial markets; and carbon cloth, which is primarily sold to the medical and specialty markets. It also offers PreZerve' storage products that use technically fitted carbon cloth to protect and preserve valuables and keepsakes from deterioration; and Purrfectly Fresh', which is a pet odor eliminator that uses activated carbon crystals to adsorb odors safely and naturally. The company is based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


Cabot Microelectronics Corporation engages in the development, manufacture, and sale of slurries for chemical mechanical planarization process (CMP). CMP is a polishing process used by IC device manufacturers to planarize or flatten many of the multiple layers of material that are built upon silicon wafers in the production of advanced integrated circuits. The company offers CMP slurries and pads. CMP slurries are liquid solutions generally composed of high-purity deionized water, proprietary chemical additives, and engineered abrasives that chemically and mechanically interact with the surface material of the integrated circuit device at an atomic level. CMP pads are engineered polymeric materials designed to distribute and transport the slurry to the surface of the wafer and distribute it evenly across the wafer. Cabot Microelectronics Corp.'s CMP products are used in various applications, such as polishing insulating dielectric layers; tungsten that is used to connect the multiple wiring layers of integrated circuit devices through these insulating layers; and copper wiring, including the associated barrier film. The company also offers CMP slurries for polishing various components in hard disk drives, specifically rigid disk substrates and magnetic heads. Cabot Microelectronics Corp. markets its products primarily in Asia Pacific region. The company was co-founded by William P. Noglows in 1999. Cabot Microelectronics Corp. is headquartered in Aurora, Illinois.


Chemtura Corporation produces specialty chemicals; crop protection; and pool, spa, and home care products worldwide. The company's Polymer Additives segment offers antioxidants, flame retardants, heat stabilizers, impact modifiers, polymerization catalysts and inhibitors, surfactants, processing aids, and UV stabilizers. These products are sold directly to polymer manufacturers and compounders, or through plastic industry distributors. Chemtura's Performance Specialties segment offers petroleum additives, castable urethane prepolymers, and polyurethane dispersions. The company's Consumer Products segment provides recreational water purification products sold under various branded labels through local dealers and large retailers to assist consumers in the maintenance of their pools and spas; and branded cleaners and degreasers sold primarily through mass merchants to consumers for home cleaning. Chemtura's Crop Protection segment develops, supplies, registers, and sells agricultural chemicals formulated for specific crops in various geographic regions. It primarily focuses on seed treatments, fungicides, insecticides, growth regulators, and herbicides markets. These products are sold directly to growers and distributors in the agricultural sector. The company's products are used in automotive, transportation, construction, packaging, agriculture, lubricants, and plastics for durable and nondurable goods, including electronics, industrial rubber, and home pool and spa chemical markets. Chemtura was founded in 1837 and is headquartered in Middlebury, Connecticut.


Cyanotech Corporation produces microalgal products for the nutritional supplement, animal feed/pigments, and immunological diagnostics markets. The company's products include BioAstin natural astaxanthin, an antioxidant used as a human nutraceutical in areas, such as enhanced immune response, sunburn protection, and relief from pain and inflammation caused by conditions, such as carpal tunnel syndrome and rheumatoid arthritis; NatuRose natural astaxanthin, used as a feed ingredient for the aquaculture and the animal feed industry; Spirulina Pacifica, a dietary supplement used for extra energy, a strengthened immune system, and as a source of antioxidant carotenoids; and Natural phycobiliproteins, used as tags or markers in various kinds of biological assays in the immunological diagnostics market. Cyanotech was incorporated in 1983 and is headquartered in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.


Cytec Industries, Inc. engages in the manufacture and sale of chemical products. It operates in four segments: Water and Industrial Process Chemicals (WIPC), Performance Products, Specialty Materials, and Building Block Chemicals (BBC). WIPC segment produces water treating and mining chemicals, and phosphine and phosphorous specialties (PPS). Water treatment chemicals include flocculants, coagulants, filter aids, drilling fluids and production chemicals, and scale inhibitors. Mining chemicals consist of promoters, collectors, solvent extractants, flocculants, and frothers used in mineral separation processing. PPS include solvent extractants, flame retardants, catalyst ligands, high purity phosphine gas, and biocides that are used for mineral processing, and pharmaceutical, chemical, and electronic manufacturing. Performance Products segment produces coatings chemicals, performance chemicals, and polymer additives. Coatings chemicals consist of amino resins, additives, urethanes, and carbamates that are primarily used in industrial coatings and paints for appliances and automobiles. Performance chemicals include adhesion promoters, surfactants, specialty, monomers, urethanes, carbamates, acrylic, and stabilizers that are used in adhesives and sealants, inks, electrical and electronic products, textiles, and tires. Polymer additives comprise ultraviolet light stabilizers and absorbers, and antioxidants and antistatic agents that are primarily used in plastics, coatings, and fibers. Specialty Materials segment offers aerospace materials that are used in commercial and military aviation, satellite and launch vehicles, and aircraft brakes, as well as in formula-1 racing cars and sports cars. The BBC segment offers acrylonitrile, hydrocyanic acid, acrylamide, sulfuric acid, and melamine. The company sells its products in North America, Latin America, Asia, Europe, and Africa. Cytec was incorporated in 1993 and is headquartered in West Paterson, New Jersey.


E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (DuPont) operates as a science and technology company. It engages in a range of fields, including biotechnology, electronics, materials science, safety and security, and synthetic fibers. The company operates in seven segments: Agriculture and Nutrition, Coatings and Color Technologies, Electronic and Communication Technologies, Performance Materials, Safety and Protection, Pharmaceuticals, and Textiles and Interiors. The Agriculture and Nutrition segment offers hybrid seed corn and soybean seed, herbicides, fungicides, insecticides, value enhanced grains, and soy protein. The Coatings and Color Technologies segment provides automotive finishes, industrial coatings, and white pigments. The Electronic and Communication Technologies segment offers fluorochemicals, fluoropolymers, photopolymers, and electronic materials. The Performance Materials segment provides engineering polymers, packaging and industrial polymers, films, and elastomers. The Safety and Protection segment provides specialty and industrial chemicals, nonwovens, aramids, and solid surfaces. The Pharmaceuticals segment includes the company's interest in two antihypertensive drugs, the Cozaar and Hyzaar. The Textiles and Interiors segment offers flooring systems, industrial fibers, polyester fibers, branded and unbranded elastane, textiles, and intermediates. The company serves various markets, including transportation, safety and protection, construction, motor vehicle, agricultural, home furnishings, medical, packaging, electronics, and nutrition and health. DuPont was founded in 1802 and is headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware.


The Dow Chemical Company engages in the manufacture and sale of chemicals, plastic materials, agricultural, and other specialized products and services. Its performance chemicals products principally include glycol ethers and amines, and acrylics, which are used in various market applications, including coatings, household and personal care products, gas treating, and agricultural products. The company supplies synthetic latex for coating paper and paperboard that are used in magazines, catalogues, and food packaging. It also supplies water-based emulsions used as primary components in decorative and industrial paints, adhesives, textile products, and construction products, such as caulks and sealants. Its specialty chemicals products are used as functional ingredients or processing aids in various applications, including agricultural and pharmaceutical products and processing, building and construction, chemical processing and intermediates, food processing and ingredients, household products, coatings, pulp and paper manufacturing, and transportation. The specialty polymers products enable the physical and sensory properties of end-use products in a range of applications, including food, pharmaceuticals, oilfields, paints and coatings, personal care, and building and construction. Dow Chemical Company also develops, manufactures, and markets products for crop production; weed, insect, and plant disease management; and industrial and commercial pest management. The company sells its products primarily to food, transportation, health and medicine, personal and home care, and building and construction industries through its sales force and distributors principally in the United States and Europe. Dow Chemical Company also engages in the property and casualty insurance and reinsurance business primarily through its Liana Limited subsidiaries. The company is based in Midland, Michigan.


Eden Bioscience Corporation, a plant health technology company, engages in the development, manufacture, and marketing of natural protein-based products for agricultural and horticultural production, as well as for the home and garden market. The company manufactures a line of products based on its proprietary harpin protein technology. Its products provide potent signal-inducing harpin proteins and protein extracts, which trigger responses designed to protect plants, to enable plants grow through stress, and to enhance the overall level of plant health. Eden Bioscience's products include Messenger, Messenger for Home and Garden, Messenger STS, N-Hibit, N-Hibit CST, ProAct, employ, MightyPlant 18-18-18, and MightyPlant 15-0-40 CitrusSet. The company sells its products through independent distributors and retailers in the United States, Spain, and other countries. Eden Bioscience was formed in 1994 and is headquartered in Bothell, Washington.


Eastman Chemical Company engages in the manufacture and sale of chemicals, plastics, and fibers. It operates through six segments: Coatings, Adhesives, Specialty Polymers, and Inks (CASPI); Performance Chemicals and Intermediates (PCI); Specialty Plastics (SP); Polymers; Fibers; and Developing Businesses (DB). The CASPI segment manufactures raw materials, additives, and specialty polymers, such as liquid vehicles, coatings additives, cellulosic polymers, ester alcohol, chlorinated polyolefins, and hydrocarbon resins and rosins, and rosin esters. The PCI segment produces chemicals for agricultural intermediates, fibers, food and beverage ingredients, photographic chemicals, pharmaceutical intermediates, and polymer compounding and chemical manufacturing intermediates. The SP segment offers engineering and specialty polymers, specialty film and sheet products, and packaging film and fiber products, which are used in appliances, store fixtures and displays, building and construction, electronic and medical packaging, personal care and cosmetics, performance films, tape and labels, photographic and optical film, and graphic arts. The Polymers segment supplies polyethylene terephthalate polymers used in beverage and food packaging, and other applications, such as carbonated soft drinks, water, beer and personal care items, and food containers. It also manufactures polyethylene and linear low-density polyethylene, which are used in extrusion coating, film, and molding applications. The Fibers segment offers Estron acetate tow and Estrobond triacetin plasticizers, which are used in cigarette filters; Estron and Chromspun acetate yarns for apparel, home furnishings, and industrial fabrics; acetate flake for acetate tow producers; and acetyl chemicals. The DB segment includes Eastman's Gasification services and Diagnostics business, as well as investment in early stage businesses. The company was founded in 1920 and is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee.


FMC Corporation operates as a chemical company, serving the agricultural, industrial, and consumer markets worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Agricultural Products, Specialty Chemicals, and Industrial Chemicals. Agricultural Products segment manufactures and sells proprietary insecticides and herbicides used for the protection of cotton, corn, rice, cereals, vegetables, and other crops. Specialty Chemicals segment comprises of BioPolymer and lithium businesses. BioPolymer manufactures and sells microcrystalline cellulose, carrageenan, and alginates, products that add texture, structure, and physical stability to beverage, dairy, meat, and bakery products and/or that act as binders and disintegrants for tablets and capsules. Lithium business includes sale of mined lithium, which is used in specialty products, including pharmaceuticals, specialty polymers, and energy storage devices. Its Industrial Chemicals segment manufactures inorganic materials, including soda ash, hydrogen peroxide, specialty peroxygens, and phosphorus chemicals. FMC Corporation was founded in 1884 and is headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


Ferro Corporation produces performance materials for manufacturers. The company develops coatings for ceramics and metal; materials for passive electronic components; pigments; enamels, pastes, and additives for the glass market; specialty plastic compounds and colors; polymer additives; specialty chemicals for the pharmaceuticals and electronics markets; and active ingredients and high purity carbohydrates for pharmaceutical formulations. Its customers include chemical companies; pharmaceutical companies; producers of multi layer ceramic capacitors; and manufacturers of tile, appliances, and automobiles. Ferro's products are sold in the United States, Europe, Latin America, and the Asia Pacific regions. The company was founded in 1919 and is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio.


Georgia Gulf Corporation engages in the manufacture and marketing of chemical products in North America. The company's product lines include chlorovinyls and aromatics. Its chlorovinyls products consist of vinyl compounds, vinyl resins, VCM, caustic soda, and chlorine; and aromatics products comprise phenol, acetone, and cumene. These products are used in various end-use applications, including construction and renovation, engineering plastics, pulp and paper production, chemical intermediates, pharmaceuticals, and consumer products. The company sells its products in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Asia, and Europe. Georgia Gulf Corporation was founded in 1984 and is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.


Great Lakes Bancorp, Inc. operates as the holding company for the Greater Buffalo Savings Bank, which offers banking services for consumer and commercial customers located principally in western New York. Its deposit products include demand accounts, checking accounts, NOW accounts, money market accounts, time deposits, retirement accounts, and savings accounts, as well as certificates of deposit. The company also offers commercial real estate and multi-family loans secured principally by first liens on industrial and warehouse properties, office buildings, retail shopping centers, apartment buildings, condominium projects, and similar commercial properties; commercial and industrial loans to finance purchases of equipment and inventories, business expansion, and working capital needs, as well as for other general business purposes; consumer loans, including home equity loans and lines of credit, automobile loans, secured installment loans, and various secured and unsecured personal loans; and mortgage loan products to finance primary homes, as well as seasonal and vacation homes, and investment properties. In addition, it provides cash management services, wire transfer services, letters of credit, Internet banking services, and debit cards, as well as automated teller machines. As of December 31, 2006, the company had 14 full-service banking branches in Erie County, Chautauqua County, and Niagara County, New York. Great Lakes Bancorp was founded in 1999 and is based in Buffalo, New York.


W. R. Grace & Co. provides specialty chemicals and materials worldwide. It operates through two segments, Davison Chemicals and Performance Chemicals. The Davison Chemicals segment produces fluid cracking catalysts and additives used in petroleum refineries to convert distilled crude oil into transportation fuels and other petroleum-based products, as well as hydroprocessing catalysts that upgrade heavy oils and remove certain impurities. In addition, this segment provides silica-based engineered materials, such as silica gels, colloidal silicas, precipitated silicas, and zeolites/adsorbents used in various industrial, consumer, biotechnology, and pharmaceutical separations, as well as in edible oil refining and petrochemical processes; specialty catalysts, including polyolefin catalysts and catalyst supports used in the manufacture of polyethylene and polypropylene resins, and other chemical catalysts used in various industrial and consumer applications; and silica-based materials and chromatography columns and equipment for bioseparations, pharmaceutical, and other life sciences applications. The Performance Chemicals segment produces specialty construction chemicals, including concrete admixtures, cement additives, and additives for masonry products; specialty building materials, such as fireproofing and waterproofing materials and systems; and sealants and coatings for packaging that protect food and beverages from bacteria and other contaminants, extend shelf life, and preserve flavor. W. R. Grace & Co. was founded by William Russell Grace in 1854 and is headquartered in Columbia, Maryland. The company, and 61 of its United States subsidiaries and affiliates filed voluntary petitions for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code in 2001. They operate their businesses as debtors-in-possession.


Hercules Incorporated engages in the manufacture and marketing of specialty chemicals and related services for business, consumer, and industrial applications. It operates through two segments, Performance Products segment and Engineered Materials and Additives segment. The Performance Products segment comprises two divisions, Pulp and Paper, and Aqualon. The Pulp and Paper division supplies functional, process, and water management chemicals for the pulp and paper industry. The Aqualon division offers water-soluble polymers, which are used as thickeners, emulsifiers and stabilizers for water-based paints, oil and gas exploration, building materials, and personal care products. The Engineered Materials and Additives segment comprises two divisions, FiberVisions and Pinova. The FiberVisions division manufactures polyolefin staple fibers used in disposable products like diapers and wipes. It produces monocomponent polypropylene fibers and bicomponent fibers consisting of a polypropylene core and a polyethylene sheath. In addition, it produces olefin fiber and yarn for the industrial and textile markets used in concrete and asphalt, wipes, upholstery and automotive fabrics, geotextiles, and filtration. The Pinova division manufactures wood and gum rosin resins and terpene specialties. It also produces pale wood rosin derivatives. The company's products are used in adhesives, rubber and plastic modifiers, food and beverages, flavor and fragrances, and construction specialties. Hercules was formed in 1912 and is headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware.


International Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. (IFF) engages in the creation and manufacture of flavor and fragrance products worldwide. Its products are used to impart flavor or fragrance in various consumer products. The company's fragrance and flavor products comprise compounds of ingredients blended under formulas created by its perfumers and flavorists. IFF's flavor products include extracts and seasonings derived from various fruits, vegetables, nuts, herbs, and spices, as well as microbiologically-derived ingredients. It offers its fragrance products principally to manufacturers of perfumes, cosmetics, toiletries, hair care products, deodorants, soaps, detergents, and hair care products; and flavor products primarily to manufacturers of prepared foods, beverages, dairy foods, pharmaceuticals, and confectionery products, as well as the food service industry. The company sells its products through its own sales force in the United States, and through agents and distributors internationally. International Flavors & Fragrances was incorporated 1909 and is headquartered in New York City.


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KMG Chemicals, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and sale of specialty chemicals in the United States. The company operates in four segments: Pentachlorophenol Products, Creosote, Animal Health Products, and Agricultural Products. The Pentachlorophenol Products segment produces and sells pentachlorophenol blocks, flakes, solutions, sodium pentachlorophenate, and a pentachlorophenol byproduct. Pentachlorophenol is used primarily to treat electric and telephone utility poles, protecting them from mold, mildew, fungus, and insects. The Creosote segment sells creosote products as a wood preservative for railroad crossties, bridge timbers, and utility poles. The Animal Health Products segment offers oral larvicides, insecticidal powders, and liquid sprays containing the active ingredient tetrachlorvinphos. These pesticide products are used by domestic livestock and poultry growers to protect animals from flies and other pests. The Agricultural Products segment sells products containing monosodium and disodium methanearsonic acids. These herbicides are sold to protect cotton crops, primarily in the United States' southern cotton-growing states, as well as to state agencies to control highway weed growth. The company was incorporated in 1992. It was formerly known as KMG-B, Inc. and changed its name to KMG Chemicals, Inc. in 1997. KMG Chemicals is based in Houston, Texas.


Quaker Chemical Corporation engages in the development, production, and marketing of a range of formulated chemical specialty products for various heavy industrial and manufacturing applications. Its primary products include rolling lubricants, corrosion preventives, metal finishing compounds, machining and grinding compounds, forming compounds, and hydraulic fluids. Rolling lubricants are used in the process of hot and cold rolling of steel and aluminum. Corrosion preventives are used to protect metal during manufacture, storage, and shipment. Metal finishing compounds are used to prepare metal surfaces for special treatments, such as galvanizing and tin plating; and to prepare metal for further processing. Machining and grinding compounds are used in cutting, shaping, and grinding metal parts. Forming compounds are used to facilitate the drawing and extrusion of metal products. Hydraulic fluids are used to operate hydraulically activated equipment. Quaker Chemical also offers chemical management services; technology for the removal of hydrogen sulfide in various industrial applications; chemical milling maskants, and temporary and permanent coatings for metal and concrete products; and construction products, such as flexible sealants and protective coatings for various applications. The company offers its products and services to the manufacturers of steel, automobiles, appliances, and durable goods worldwide. Its chemical management services include onsite health, safety, and environmental support services. These services include material safety data sheet management, hazardous chemical evaluation, and training and safe use instruction, as well as waste minimization and recycling services. The company was founded in 1918. It was formerly known as Quaker Chemical Products Corporation, and changed its name to Quaker Chemical Corporation in 1962. Quaker is headquartered in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania.


Landec Corporation and its subsidiaries engage in the design, development, manufacture, and sale of temperature-activated and other specialty polymer products for various food products, agricultural products, and other applications. Landec's Intelimer polymers are a proprietary class of synthetic polymeric materials that respond to temperature changes. Landec operates primarily in two segments, Food Products Technology and Agricultural Seed Technology. The Food Products Technology segment, operated through a subsidiary, Apio, Inc., markets and packs specialty packaged whole and fresh-cut vegetables that incorporate its proprietary Intelimer-based specialty packaging for the retail grocery, club store, and food services industry. The Agricultural Seed Technology segment, operated through a subsidiary, Landec Ag, Inc., markets and distributes hybrid seed corn and seed coatings using Landec's proprietary Intelimer polymers to the farming industry. In addition, the company also licenses and supplies products for industrial, consumer, and medical applications. The company was founded by Ray Stewart in 1986 and is based in Menlo Park, California.


LESCO, Inc. provides turf and lawn care products for the professional turf care segment primarily in the United States. It offers various products, which include turf control products, fertilizer, combination fertilizer, and pest control products, grass seed, and equipment. The company's fertilizers include products for use in the lawn care industry; products for golf course applications, including greens, tees, and fairways; and products for trees, shrubs, and landscape beds. Its turf control products include both LESCO and third-party branded herbicides, fungicides, insecticides, and other specialty products. Its turfgrass seed line includes various mulches and soil amendments. Its pest management products include products to manage termites and wood-destroying pests, general insects, rodents, and a line of application equipment. In addition, the company distributes branded handheld power tools; ice melt and other snow removal products; underground irrigation equipment; protective gear, such as goggles, masks, and gloves; and hand tools, such as tree pruners, shovels, and rakes. LESCO distributed its products through 280 LESCO service centers and 98 LESCO Stores-on-Wheels, a fleet of mobile stores, as of April 28, 2005. The company offers its products and services to lawn care and landscape firms, golf courses, sod farms, airports, cemeteries, professional sports organizations, universities, schools, commercial properties, and other organizations that use in-house employees to maintain lawns and gardens. The company was founded by Robert F. Burkhardt and James I. FitzGibbon in 1962. The company was formerly known as Lakeshore Equipment and Supply Co. and changed its name to LESCO, Inc. in 1984. LESCO is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio.


Lyondell Chemical Company engages in the manufacture and marketing of various intermediate and performance chemicals. It operates through four segments: ethylene, co-products, and derivatives; propylene oxide and related products; inorganic chemicals; and refining. Its ethylene, co-products and derivatives segment produces ethylene; ethylene co-products, including propylene, butadiene, benzene, and toluene; and derivatives, including polyethylene, ethylene oxide, ethylene glycol, EO derivatives, and ethanol, vinyl acetate monomer, and polypropylene. This segment also produces methyl tertiary butyl ether, alkylate, acetic acid, and methano. Lyondell's propylene oxide (PO) and related products segment produces PO and its co-products, PO derivatives, and toluene diisocyanate. PO's co-products include styrene monomer and tertiary butyl alcohol. The company's inorganic chemicals segment produces titanium dioxide (TiO2). This segment also produces titanium tetrachloride, titanyl sulfate, ultra-fine TiO2, and silica gel and cadmium-based pigments. Lyondell's refining segment produces refined petroleum products, including gasoline, low sulfur diesel, jet fuel, aromatics, and lubricants. The company also produces fragrance and flavors chemicals. The company's products are used in the food, cosmetics, personal care, pharmaceuticals, automotive, aircraft manufacturing, paints, fibers, engineering plastics, furniture, packaging, and transportation industries. Lyondell Chemical Company was incorporated in 1985 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.


The Lubrizol Corporation provides specialty chemicals and materials for various markets and end-use applications. The company produces and supplies technologies that improve the performance of its customers' products in the transportation, industrial, and consumer markets worldwide. These technologies include lubricant additives for engine oils, other transportation-related fluids, and industrial lubricants, as well as fuel additives for gasoline and diesel fuel. It also makes ingredients and additives for personal care products and pharmaceuticals; specialty materials, including plastics technology; performance coatings in the form of specialty resins and additives; and additives for the food and beverage industry. The company's specialty material products are also used in various industries, including the construction, sporting goods, medical products, and automotive industries. It sells its products worldwide through its direct sales force, as well as through sales agents and distributors. The Lubrizol Corporation was founded in 1928 and is headquartered in Wickliffe, Ohio.


Mace Security International, Inc. engages in the manufacture of electronic surveillance, security, and personal defense products; and owner ship and operation of car and truck wash facilities primarily in the United States. Its security related products include video surveillance systems and system components, such as analog, digital, and IP cameras; digital video recorders; display units; matrix switching equipment for video distribution; robotic camera dome systems; system controls; and consoles for system assembly markets. The company offers other products that comprise defense sprays, personal alarms, biometric locks, home security alarms, whistles, door jammers, and window and door lock alarms, as well as provides KinderGard product line of child proof security locks, security literature for the domestic and foreign financial community, a dye-pack used by financial institutions for robbery protection, training videos, crisis response materials, and a tear gas system used in prisons. Mace Security operates car washes facilities that provide exterior washing and drying, vacuuming of the interior of the vehicle, dusting of dashboards and door panels, and cleaning of windows and glass; and truck wash facilities, which provide washing and waxing services for tractor-trailer and fleet transport vehicles. In addition, it offers other consumer products and related car care services, such as professional automotive detailing services, oil and lubrication services, gasoline dispensing services, state inspection services, convenience store sales, and merchandise. As of December 31, 2004, the company owned and operated 49 car washes and 5 truck washes primarily in Texas, Arizona, Florida, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Indiana, and Ohio. Mace Security was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in Mount Laurel, New Jersey.


Methanex Corporation engages in the production and marketing of methanol primarily in Chile, Trinidad, New Zealand, and Canada. Methanol is used principally in the production of formaldehyde, acetic acid, and various other chemicals that form the basis of various chemical derivatives. These derivatives are used in the manufacture of a range of products, including building materials, foams, resins, and plastics. In addition, Methanol is used on a small scale as a direct fuel for motor vehicles. The company also sources methanol produced by others. Methanex Corporation sells methanol primarily in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Latin America. The company was incorporated in 1968 and is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada.


Monsanto Company provides agricultural products to farmers worldwide. The company produces seeds and develops biotechnology traits that assist farmers in controlling insects and weeds. It provides other seed companies with genetic material and biotechnology traits for their seed brands. These products include canola seed, corn and soybean seed, vegetable and fruit seed, cotton seed, sunflower seed, and sorghum seed. In addition, Monsanto manufactures lawn-and-garden herbicide products for the residential market and animal agricultural products. Further, the company licenses a package of its germplasm and trait technologies to seed companies. It offers its products directly, as well as through distributors, independent retailers and dealers, agricultural cooperatives, and agents. The company was incorporated as Monsanto Ag Company in February 2000 and changed its name to Monsanto Company in March 2000. Monsanto is based in St. Louis, Missouri.


Minerals Technologies, Inc., a resource-and technology based company, engages in the development, production, and marketing of specialty mineral, mineral-based and synthetic mineral products, and related systems and technologies worldwide. The company operates in two segments: Specialty Minerals and Refractories. The Specialty Minerals segment produces and sells the synthetic mineral product precipitated calcium carbonate and the processed mineral product quicklime. It also mines, processes, and sells other natural mineral products, primarily limestone and talc. This segment''s products are used principally in the paper, building materials, paint and coatings, glass, ceramic, polymer, food, and pharmaceutical industries. The Refractories segment produces and markets monolithic and shaped refractory materials and specialty products; and services and application equipment used primarily by the steel, nonferrous metal, and glass industries. Minerals Technologies is headquartered in New York City.


Nevada Chemicals, Inc., through its 50% ownership interest in Cyanco Company, supplies chemicals to the gold mining industry in the western United States. The company's primary products include briquette' sodium cyanide product, which requires handling and physical dissolution before use; and liquid sodium cyanide, which provides for greater personal and environmental safety. It produces and markets liquid sodium cyanide for use in leaching precious metals in mining operations. Its customers include various mining companies. Nevada Chemicals was formed in 1979 as Mining Services International and changed its name to Nevada Chemicals, Inc. in 2001. The company is based in Sandy, Utah.


NOVA Chemicals Corporation produces commodity plastics and chemicals worldwide. It operates in two segments, Olefins/Polyolefins and Styrenics. The Olefins/Polyolefins segment produces ethylene, which is used in the manufacture of polyethylene, styrene, polystyrene, and polyvinyl chloride; and polyethylene, which include high-density polyethylene, low-density polyethylene, and linear low-density polyethylene. It also offers energy co-products, such as benzene, propylene, crude C4 hydrocarbons, C5 dienes, dicyclopentadiene, aromatics, C9 resin oils, and hydrogen; and chemical co-products, including diesel fuel, gasoline components, home heating oils, and industrial fuels. The Styrenics segment produces styrene monomer and styrenic polymer resins. NOVA Chemicals serves customers that produce consumer, industrial, and packaging products. The company markets its products through its sales force; and distributors, agents, and traders. NOVA Chemicals was founded in 1954 and is based in Calgary, Canada.


NL Industries, Inc., through its subsidiary, CompX International, Inc., engages in the manufacture and sale of precision ball bearing slides, security products, and ergonomic computer support systems used in office furniture, computer-related, and other applications. It offers a line of precision ball bearing slides, including an integrated slide lock, for use in office furniture, computer-related equipment, tool storage cabinets, imaging equipment, file cabinets, desk drawers, automated teller machines, refrigerators, and other applications. The company's security products include cabinet locks and other locking mechanisms, such as disc tumbler locking and pin tumbler locking mechanisms. NL Industries provides its security products to various industries, including institutional furniture, banking, industrial equipment, recreational vehicles, vending, and computer. The company's ergonomic computer support systems and accessories include articulating computer keyboard support arms, central processing unit storage devices, ergonomic wrist rest aids, mouse pad supports, and computer monitor support arms. In addition, CompX offers its engineering and design capabilities for the design and manufacture of products on a proprietary basis for its customers. It sells its products to original equipment manufacturers and distributors in North America and Taiwan. Further, the company provides insurance brokerage and risk management services. NL Industries was organized in 1891 and is based in Dallas, Texas. NL Industries, Inc. is a subsidiary of Valhi, Inc.


Northern Technologies International Corporation engages primarily in the manufacture, marketing, and sale of rust and corrosion protection products, and custom packaging systems for avionics, automotive, electronics, electrical, mechanical, and military applications worldwide. The company provides its products and services under the brand name ZERUST and Excor. It sells anti abrasion ink additives, as well as bio-based sintered metal mold release agents, bio-solvents, bio-emollients, bio-cleaners, bio-lubricants, and bio-degradable plastic packaging products. The company also offers direct onsite technical support on rust and corrosion issues in 50 countries; and operates a marketing, distribution, and technical network, through 29 joint ventures in Asia, Europe, and South America. In addition, Northern Technologies International engages in scientific research and development programs in the areas of material science and corrosion protection. It markets its products principally to industrial users by a direct sales force, and through a network of independent distributors and manufacturer's sales representatives in the United States. Northern Technologies International was founded in 1970. The company was formerly known as Northern Instruments, Inc. and changed its name to Northern Instruments Corporation in 1976. Further, it changed its name to Northern Technologies International Corporation in 1993. The company is headquartered in Lino Lakes, Minnesota.


Oil-Dri Corporation of America (ODCA) engages in developing, manufacturing, and marketing sorbent products and related services for various markets. It operates in four segments: Consumer Products, Specialty Products, Crop Production and Horticultural Products (CPHP), and Industrial and Automotive Products (IAP). The Consumer Products segment offers branded and private label cat litter products. The Specialty Products segment offers bleaching, filtration, and clarification clays. It also produces bleaching clays for edible oils, fats, and tallows; binders used in the manufacture of animal feeds; and litter amendments used in controlling ammonia levels in poultry houses. The CPHP segment offers granular and powdered mineral absorbent products, which include carriers for crop protection chemicals and fertilizers, drying agents, soil conditioners, sports field products, and flowability aids. The IAP segment offers products, such as oil, grease, and water sorbents, which are floor maintenance products that provide a nonslip and nonflammable surface for workers. It also distributes polypropylene sorbents. ODCA's consumer products are sold through the grocery products industry, mass merchandisers, warehouse clubs, and pet retail outlets. Its specialty products are sold to processors and refiners of edible and petroleum-based oils. ODCA's animal health products are sold to feed manufacturers and poultry producers, and its crop production and horticultural products are sold to manufacturers of agricultural chemicals and distributors of agricultural and sports turf products. Its industrial and automotive products are sold to distributors of industrial cleanup and automotive products, environmental service companies, and retail outlets. It sells its products through sales staff, industrial distributors, and food brokers in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. ODCA was founded in 1941 and is based in Chicago, Illinois.


Olin Corporation produces copper alloys, ammunition, and chlorine and caustic soda in North America. It operates in three segments: Chlor Alkali Products (CAP), Metals, and Winchester. The CAP segment offers chlorine and caustic soda; sodium hydrosulfite for paper, textile, and clay bleaching; hydrochloric acid used in household cleaners, laundry bleaching, swimming pool sanitizers, semiconductors, water treatment, textiles, pulp and paper, and food processing; hydrogen acid used for steel, oil and gas, plastics, organic chemical synthesis, brine treatment, artificial sweeteners, pharmaceuticals, food processing, and ore and mineral processing; bleach products; and potassium hydroxide used in the manufacture of fertilizers, soaps, detergents, cleaners, battery, and in food processing chemicals and deicers. The Metals segment produces copper and copper alloy sheet and strip used in electronic connectors, lead frames, electrical components, coinage, and ammunition; copper alloy welded tubes used in utility condensers, industrial heat exchangers, refrigeration and air conditioning, and builders' hardware; rolled copper foil, copperbond foil, and stainless steel strip used in printed circuit boards, electrical and electronic products, and automotive components; fabricated parts used in builders' hardware, plumbing, automotive, and ammunition components; and stainless steel and aluminum strip. Winchester segment offers sporting ammunition used by hunters and recreational shooters and law enforcement agencies; canister powder; reloading components; small caliber military ammunition used in infantry and mounted weapons; industrial cartridges used in power and concrete industries; and powder-actuated tools used in construction industry. The company markets its products and services to the U.S. government and its prime contractors, as well as to wholesalers and other distributors. Olin Corp. was founded in 1892 and is headquartered in Clayton, Missouri.


OM Group, Inc. engages in the development, processes, manufacture, and marketing of specialty chemicals, powders, and related products from various base metals, primarily cobalt and nickel. The company operates in two segments, Cobalt and Nickel. The Cobalt segment offers products manufactured using cobalt and other metals, such as copper, zinc, manganese, and calcium. The Nickel segment provides nickel-based products. The company's products are sold in various forms, such as solutions, crystals, powders, cathodes, and briquettes. Its products are used in rechargeable batteries, coatings, custom catalysts, liquid detergents, lubricants and fuel additives, plastic stabilizers, polyester promoters, adhesion promoters for rubber tires, colorants, petroleum additives, magnetic media, metal finishing agents, cemented carbides for mining and machine tools, diamond tools used in construction, stainless steel, alloy, and plating applications. OM Group was founded in 1991 and is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio.


OMNOVA Solutions, Inc. provides specialty chemicals, coatings, and coverings for various commercial, industrial, and residential applications in the United States and Europe. It operates in three segments: Performance Chemicals, Decorative Products, and Building Products. Performance Chemicals segment produces emulsion polymers and specialty chemicals based primarily on styrene butadiene, styrene butadiene acrylonitrile, styrene butadiene vinyl pyridine, vinyl acetate, acrylic, styrene acrylic, vinyl acrylic, glyoxal, and fluorochemical chemistries. Its products include coatings, binders, and adhesives, which are used in paper, carpet, nonwovens, textiles, construction, floor polish, tape, adhesives, tire cord, plastic parts, and various other specialty chemical applications. Decorative Products segment develops, designs, produces, and markets a line of decorative and functional surfacing products, including commercial wallcoverings, coated and performance fabrics, printed and solid color surface laminates, and industrial films. Its products are used in various applications, including building refurbishment and remodeling, new construction, furniture, cabinets, marine, automotive and other transportation markets, manufactured housing, retail display, consumer electronics, flooring, and home furnishings. Building Products segment provides single-ply roofing systems for the replacement and new commercial and industrial roofing markets. The roofing systems are used for various structures, including office complexes, shopping malls, stadiums, schools, health care facilities, restaurants, manufacturing and warehouse facilities, and government buildings. OMNOVA sells its products through internal marketing and sales forces, and agents to manufacturers, building owners, contractors, architects, interior designers, and other related building/construction customers. OMNOVA was formed in 1999 and is headquartered in Fairlawn, Ohio.


Penford Corporation engages in the development, manufacture, and marketing of specialty natural-based ingredient systems for industrial and food applications. The company develops ingredients with starch as a base for value-added applications in papermaking and food products markets. Starches produced for industrial applications are principally ethylated, oxidized, and cationic. Ethylated and oxidized starches are used in coatings and as binders for the white, magazine, and catalog paper. Cationic and other liquid starches are used in the paper-forming process in paper production. Starches produced for food applications are used in coatings to provide crispness, as well as enhanced taste and texture, and product life for products sold in quick-service restaurants. Food-grade starch products are also used as moisture binders in canned products, sauces, whole and processed meats, dry powdered mixes, and other food and bakery products. Penfold offers its products primarily for the food products, papermaking, textiles, mining, and other industrial uses. The company sells its products primarily in the United States, Australia, and New Zealand through direct sales and distributor agreements. Penfold was founded in 1894 and is headquartered in Centennial, Colorado.


PolyOne Corporation serves as a polymer services company worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Performance Plastics, Distribution, and Resin and Intermediates. Performance Plastics segment serves as a merchant compounder of plastics to manufacturers of plastic products. It also manufactures concentrates, masterbatches, liquid dispersions, dry colorants, and additive masterbatches for use in compounding in the plastic industry. Distribution segment distributes approximately 3,500 grades of engineering materials and commodity grade resins and compounds. It purchases bulk quantities of base plastic resins, such as polycarbonate, polyethylene, polypropylene, and polystyrene; and resells them in truckload and less-than-truckload quantities throughout North America. Resin and Intermediates segment produces vinyl chloride monomer, chlorine, and caustic soda. The company principally operates in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. PolyOne is headquartered in Avon Lake, Ohio.


Polydex Pharmaceuticals Limited, through its subsidiaries, engages in the research, development, manufacture, and marketing of biotechnology-based products for the human pharmaceutical market. It offers Dextran and derivative products, including Iron Dextran, a derivative of Dextran, which is injected into pigs at birth as a treatment for anemia; and Dextran Sulphate, a chemical derivative of Dextran used in research applications by the pharmaceutical industry and other centers of chemical research. The company also manufactures sterile injectable products, tablets and boluses, internal and external solutions, ointments, and powders for the worldwide veterinary pharmaceutical industry. In addition, it is also developing Ushercell, a human pharmaceutical compound for topical vaginal use primarily in the prevention of transmission of AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases, as well as unplanned pregnancies. The company sells its Iron Dextran primarily in Europe, the United States, and Canada; and Dextran Sulphate in Australia, France, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and the United States through independent distributors and wholesalers. It has strategic alliance with CONRAD for the development of cellulose sulphate products. The company was incorporated in 1966 and is based in Toronto, Canada.


Praxair, Inc. operates as an industrial gas company in North and South America, Europe, and Asia. Its primary products are atmospheric gases, including oxygen, nitrogen, argon, and rare gases; and process gases, such as carbon dioxide, helium, hydrogen, electronic gases, specialty gases, and acetylene. The company also designs, engineers, and builds equipment that produces industrial gases for internal use and external sale. Praxair also manufactures precious metal and ceramic sputtering targets used primarily in the production of semiconductors. Its surface technologies supply wear-resistant and high-temperature corrosion-resistant metallic and ceramic coatings, and powders to the aircraft, printing, textile, plastics, primary metals, petrochemical, and other industries. It also provides aircraft engine and airframe component overhaul services; and manufactures a line of electric arc, plasma, and high velocity oxygen fuel spray equipment, as well as arc and flame wire equipment used for the application of wear resistant coatings. The company serves various industries, such as healthcare and petroleum refining; computer-chip manufacturing and beverage carbonation; fiber-optics and steel making; and aerospace, chemicals, and water treatment. Praxair was founded in 1907 and is headquartered in Danbury, Connecticut.


Rohm and Haas Company (RHC) provides specialty materials for the personal care, grocery, home, and construction markets in the United States. It operates in six segments: Coatings, Performance Chemicals, Monomers, Electronic Materials, Adhesives and Sealants, and Salt. Coatings segment offers architectural and functional, powder and automotive coatings. Architectural and functional coatings include products for latex paints, industrial and decorative coatings, varnishes, paper coatings, and leather and textile finishes. Powder coatings comprise thermoset and thermoplastic powder coatings used for backyard grills, kitchen cabinetry, office furniture, automotive parts, and industrial shelving. Automotive coatings include paints for the plastic components of automobiles. Performance Chemicals segment provides products to control bacteria and improve the texture of shampoos, conditioners, and moisturizers; performance enhancers for detergents and cleaners; ion exchange resins used to purify drinking water, juices, and pharmaceuticals; sweeteners for soft drinks; and technology used in bleaching agents and purification chemistry that removes contaminants from personal care and household products. It also delivers impact modifiers and processing aids for plumbing pipes, house siding, containers, shoe soles, computer housings, keyboards, and wood products. Monomers segment supplies acrylates, methacrylates, and specialty monomers. Electronic Materials segment provides chemical mechanical planarization and microelectronic, circuit board, and packaging and finishing technologies. Adhesives and Sealants segment offers products for packaging and converting, pressure sensitive adhesives and construction, and transportation. Salt segment provides products for food processing, agriculture, water conditioning, highway ice control, and industrial processing applications. RHC was founded by Otto Rohm and Otto Haas in 1907. The company is headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


Ronson Corporation primarily engages in consumer products and aviation services businesses in the United States. Through Ronson Consumer Products Corporation, the company's wholly owned subsidiary, Ranson provides consumer packaged products, including Ronsonol lighter fluid, Multi-Fill butane fuel injectors, flints, wicks for lighters, a multiuse penetrant spray lubricant product, and a spot remover. It also distributes six lighter and torch products: the RONII refillable butane lighter; the Ronson WINDII liquid fuel windproof lighter; the Ronson AmeroFlame Ignitor, used for lighting fireplaces, barbecues, camping stoves, and candles; the EURO LITE and AMERO LITE blue point flame butane lighters, for pipes and cigars; and the Tech Torch, used for craft and hobby work, cooking specialties, and soldering. These products are distributed through distributors; food brokers; automotive and hardware representatives; and mass merchandisers, drug chains, and convenience stores in the United States and Canada. The company, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Ronson Aviation, Inc., provides a range of general aviation services to the general public and to government agencies. Services include air charter, air cargo, cargo handling, avionics, management aviation services, new and used aircraft sales, aircraft repairs, aircraft fueling, storage, and office rental. Through its passenger and cargo services, Ronson Aviation operates a Citation II Jet airplane in charter operations. Ronson Corporation was incorporated in 1928 and is based in Somerset, New Jersey.


Sinopec Shanghai Petrochemical Company Limited primarily produces synthetic fibers, resins and plastics, intermediate petrochemicals, and petroleum products from crude petroleum in Chaina. The company produces polyester and acrylic staple fiber, acrylic top, polypropylene, polyester chips, polyethylene pellets, polypropylene pellets, polyvinyl acetate, gasoline, diesel, jet oil, ethylene, ethylene oxide, benzene, butadiene, ethylene glycol, and other products. It sells its products to trading companies and industrial users. The company was founded in 1972 and is headquartered in Shanghai, China. Sinopec Shanghai Petrochemical Company is a subsidiary of China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation.


Sigma-Aldrich Corporation engages in the development, manufacture, and distribution of a range of biochemicals and organic chemicals. These biochemical and organic chemical products and kits are used in scientific and genomic research, biotechnology, pharmaceutical development, diagnosis of disease, and pharmaceutical and other technology manufacturing. It operates in three segments: Scientific Research, Biotechnology, and Fine Chemicals. The Scientific Research segment offers biochemicals, organic chemicals, reagents, and other products to customers at universities, government institutions, and nonprofit organizations, as well as pharmaceutical, diagnostic, and biotechnology companies. The Biotechnology segment supplies immunochemical, cell culture, molecular biology, cell signaling, and neuroscience biochemicals and kits used in biotechnology, genomic, and proteomic research, as well as chromatography products used in life science research and technology applications. The Fine Chemicals segment offers large-scale organic chemicals and biochemicals used in the development and production by pharmaceutical, biotechnology, industrial, and diagnostic companies. The company operates in approximately 35 countries, offers 90,000 chemical and 30,000 equipment products, and sells these products in approximately 150 countries. Sigma-Aldrich was founded in 1951 and is based in St. Louis, Missouri.


The Scotts Company and its subsidiaries engage in the manufacture, marketing, and sale of consumer branded products for lawn and garden care, and professional horticulture in the United States and Europe. It sells a line of granular lawn fertilizer and combination products, which include fertilizer and crabgrass control, weed control or pest control; plant foods; plant disease control products; growing media products, including potting mix, garden soils, topsoil, manures, sphagnum peat, and decorative barks and mulches for indoor and outdoor uses; herbicide products; and lawn spreaders, hose-end applicators for water-soluble plant foods and certain insect control products, pottery products, and consumer grass seed products in North America. The company also sells consumer lawn and garden products in approximately 25 countries outside of North America; and a line of professional products in Europe, the Far East, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan. In addition, its Scotts LawnService segment provides residential lawn care, lawn aeration, tree and shrub care, and external pest control services. These services consist primarily of fertilizer, weed control, pest control and disease control applications. As of September 30, 2004, this segment had 68 company-operated locations, serving 49 metropolitan markets and 74 independent franchises primarily operating in secondary markets. The company's customers include home improvement centers; mass merchandisers; warehouse clubs; large hardware chains; independent hardware stores; nurseries; garden centers; food and drug stores; and distributors, who serve commercial nurseries and greenhouses, specialty crop growers, and small retail accounts. The Scotts Company was founded by O.M. Scott in 1868 and is headquartered in Marysville, Ohio.


Chemical and Mining Company of Chile, Inc. (CMCCI) engages in the production and distribution of specialty fertilizers, iodine, lithium, and other industrial chemicals. The company extracts natural resources and develops them into products. It offers specialty fertilizers, such as sodium nitrate, potassium nitrate, sodium potassium nitrate, potassium sulfate, and specialty blends. These fertilizers help in improving the yield of various crops, such as tobacco, fruits, vegetables, cereals, and cotton. Iodine, lithium, and their derivatives are used in human nutrition, pharmaceuticals, polymers, and in the production of ceramics, aluminum, batteries, and other industrial applications. Its industrial chemicals have various applications in chemical processes, such as the manufacturing of glass, explosives, and ceramics. The company's other products include epotassium chloride and other commodity fertilizers. In addition, the company also imports and distributes fertilizers. As of December 31, 2004, CMCCI held exploration rights or exploitation rights to mineral resources in the valley of the Tarapacá and Antofagasta regions of northern Chile representing approximately 2,145,000 hectares. It had 6 mines covering an area of approximately 384,000 hectares. The company also held rights to exploit the mineral resources in an area covering approximately 196,000 hectares of land in the Atacama Salar in northern Chile, CMCCI distributes its products in approximately 100 countries, principally in Latin America and Asia. The company was established in 1968 and is headquartered in Santiago, Chile.


SurModics, Inc. provides surface modification and drug delivery technologies for the healthcare industry. It operates in three segments: the Drug Delivery, the Hydrophilic and Other, and the Diagnostics. The Drug Delivery segment contains the Drug Delivery business unit, which offers technologies to site specific delivery of drugs; and the Ophthalmology division, which offers treatment for eye diseases, such as age-related macular degeneration and diabetic macular edema. The Hydrophilic and Other segment contains the Hydrophilic Technologies business unit, which focuses on enhancing medical devices with lubricious coatings; Regenerative Technologies business unit, which develops platforms to augment or replace tissue/organ function or to modify medical devices to facilitate tissue/organ recovery through natural repair mechanisms; and Orthopedics business unit, which offers solutions for orthopedics patients. The Diagnostics segment contains the Diagnostics and Drug Discovery business unit, which includes genomics slide technologies, stabilization products for immunoassay diagnostics tests, in vitro diagnostic format technology, and develops synthetic cell culture products. It offers PhotoLink surface modification coatings and drug delivery polymer matrices. The company provides polymer coatings for drug-eluting stents, lubricious coatings, and cell encapsulation technology for islet cell implantation. It also offers chemical reagents used in the coating process, as well as coated glass slides and stabilization products. The company serves medical device, pharmaceutical, and life science companies, as well as development stage companies. Its technologies and products are marketed through direct sales force worldwide. The company, formerly known as BSI Corporation, was founded in 1979 and changed its name to SurModics, Inc. in 1997. SurModics is headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.


Syngenta AG engages in the discovery, development, manufacture, and marketing of a range of products designed for crop yield and food quality. It operates in three segments: Crop Protection, Seeds, and Plant Science. The Crop Protection segment offers herbicides for corn, cereals, and rice; fungicides for cereals, fruits, grapes, rice, and vegetables; insecticides for fruits, vegetables, and cotton; and professional products, such as seed treatments, products for public health, and products for turf and ornamentals. The Seeds segment develops, produces, and markets various seeds and plants, including corn, soybeans, oilseeds, and sugar beet; and horticultural crops, such as flowers and vegetables. The Plant Science segment manufactures and sells QUANTUM Phytase, a microbial produced animal feed supplement in Mexico and Brazil. The company serves seed treatment, turf and ornamentals, professional pest management, vector control, and public health markets. Syngenta operates in Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States, China, and India. It sells its products through independent distributors and dealers. Syngenta has research collaboration with Hubei Biopesticide Engineering Research Center of the Hubei Academy of Agricultural Sciences to discover natural chemicals that could be used as starting points for the development of crop protection agents; and a strategic alliance with COMPO to develop and market a range of plant protection and pest control products for the consumer lawn and garden market in Europe, excluding Switzerland. Syngenta is headquartered in Basel, Switzerland.


Terra Nitrogen Company, L.P., through its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and sale of fertilizer products. It produces and distributes nitrogen fertilizer products, including ammonia and urea ammonium nitrate solution. The company produces anhydrous ammonia, which is the simplest form of nitrogen fertilizer and the feedstock for the production of other nitrogen fertilizers. It also produces UAN by combining urea solution and ammonium nitrate solution. The company sells its products primarily in the Central and Southern Plains and Corn Belt regions of the United States. Its customers include dealers, national farm retail chains, distributors, and other fertilizer producers and traders. The company is based in Sioux City, Iowa.


TOR Minerals International, Inc. along with its subsidiaries operates as a specialty chemical company in the United States, Malaysia, and the Netherlands. It primarily engages in the manufacture and marketing of mineral products that are used as pigments, pigment extenders, and flame retardants in the manufacture of paints, industrial coatings, plastics, catalysts, and solid surface applications. Its product portfolio comprises HITOX, a titanium dioxide pigment, used in paints, coatings, plastics, paper, and various other products; ALUPREM, used as fillers and flame retardants for color critical applications; and SYNTHETIC RUTILE, used as a component in welding rod flux. TOR Minerals products also include BARTEX, an inert extender pigment used in coatings; and HALTEX, a pigment applied in electrical wire and cable insulation, thermoset SMC/BMC molding compounds, thermoplastic profiles, PVC and rubber products, and specialty coatings, as well as adhesives and sealants. The company distributes its products through a network of direct sales representatives and independent stocking distributors in the United States, as well as through distributors and agents internationally. TOR Minerals was formed in 1973 and is headquartered in Corpus Christi, Texas.


Valhi, Inc., through its majority owned subsidiaries and affiliates, operates in the chemicals, component products, waste management, and titanium metals industries. The company produces titanium dioxide pigments for imparting whiteness, brightness, and opacity to a range of products, including paints, plastics, paper, fibers, foods, ceramics, cosmetics, and other products; and manufactures precision ball bearing slides, security products, and ergonomic computer support systems for office furniture, computer-related applications, and other industries. It owns and operates a facility in west Texas for the processing, treatment, storage, and disposal of hazardous, toxic, and certain types of low-level radioactive wastes. The company also produces titanium sponge melted products (ingot and slab) and mill products for commercial and military aerospace, industrial, and other markets. Valhi operates in the United States, Canada, Germany, Belgium, Norway, the Netherlands, and Taiwan. The company is based in Dallas, Texas. Valhi, Inc. operates as a subsidiary of Contran Corporation.