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FLOTEK INDUSTRIES INC (FTK)
Flotek Industries, Inc. provides oilfield services and equipment to the energy and mining industries in the United States and internationally. It has three segments: Chemicals and Logistics, Drilling Products, and Artificial Lift. The Chemicals and Logistics segment develops, manufactures, and markets specialty chemicals used by oilfield service companies in oil and gas well cementing, stimulation, drilling, and production; and designs and manages automated bulk material handling, loading facilities, and blending capabilities for oilfield service companies. The Drilling Products segment rents, inspects, manufactures, and markets downhole drilling equipment for the oilfield, mining, water-well, and industrial drilling sectors. The Artificial Lift segment manufactures and markets artificial lift equipment, which includes the Petrovalve line of beam pump components, electric submersible pumps, gas separators, valves, and services to support coal bed methane, traditional gas, and heavy crude production. The company markets its products through its direct sales force, as well as through independent distributors and agents. Flotek Industries is headquartered in Houston, Texas.
AMERICAN PACIFIC CORPORATION (APFC)
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.
PENFORD CORPORATION (PENX)
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.
W.R. GRACE & COMPANY (GRA)
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.
LYONDELL CHEMICAL COMPANY (LYO)
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.
LUBRIZOL CORPORATION (LZ)
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.
COPENE-PETROQUIMICA DO NORDESTE (BAK)
Braskem S.A. operates as a petrochemical company in Brazil. The company operates through four segments: Basic Petrochemicals Products (BPP), Polyolefins, Vinyls, and Business Development. BPP segment produces olefins, such as ethylene, polymer and chemical grade propylene, butadiene, isoprene, and butene-1; aromatics, such as benzene, toluene, para-xylene, and ortho-xylene; fuels, such as automotive gasoline and liquefied petroleum gas; and methyl tertiary butyl ether. The company sells these products to second generation petrochemical producers in Brazil, the United States, and Europe. This segment also produces electric power, and drinking and demineralized water. Polyolefins segment produces polyethylene and polypropylene for use in consumer and industrial applications, including plastic films, bottles, shopping bags, and other consumer goods containers; automotive parts; and household appliances. Vinyls segment produces polyvinylchloride resins used in the manufacture of pipes, fittings, and wire; cable coverings; and plastic films and laminated sheets, packaging materials, synthetic leather, window frames, and bottles. In addition, it produces chlorine and caustic soda. Business Development segment produces polyethylene terephthalate (PET) resins used in manufacturing packaging for soft drinks, medications, cleaning products, mineral water, and food products; dimethyl teraphthalate for use in PET production; ammonium sulfate for use as a fertilizer; and cyclohexane and cyclohexanone for use in paint solvents, pesticides, natural resins, oils, and rubber. The company was founded in 1972 as Petroquímica do Nordeste Copene Ltda. It changed its name to Copene-Petroquímica do Nordeste S.A in 1974 and to Braskem S.A. in 2002. Braskem S.A. is headquartered in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
SIGMA-ALDRICH CORPORATION (SIAL)
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.
SENSIENT TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION (SXT)
Sensient Technologies Corporation engages in the manufacture and marketing of colors, flavors, and fragrances worldwide. It operates in Flavors and Fragrances, and Color segments. The Flavors and Fragrances segment develops, manufactures, and supplies flavor and fragrance products that impart a desired taste, texture, aroma, and other characteristics to food, beverage, pharmaceutical, personal care, and household products. The Color segment provides natural and synthetic color systems for use in pharmaceuticals, foods, and beverages; colors and other ingredients for cosmetics and pharmaceuticals; and technical colors for industrial applications and digital imaging. The company's products include flavor enhancers and bionutrients; fragrances and aroma chemicals; dehydrated vegetables and other food ingredients; cosmetic and pharmaceutical additives; inkjet inks, technical colors, and specialty dyes and pigments; and chemicals for laser printing and flat screen displays. Sensient Technologies was founded in 1882. The company was formerly known as Meadow Springs Distillery, National Distilling Company, Red Star Compressed Yeast Company, and Universal Foods. Sensient Technologies is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
ALTAIR NANOTECHNOLOGIES INC (ALTI)
Altair Nanotechnologies, Inc. engages in the development and commercialization of nanomaterial and titanium dioxide pigment technologies. It also provides contract research services on selected projects. The company operates in two segments, Life Sciences and Performance Materials. The Life Sciences segment produces pharmaceutical products, cosmetics, drug delivery products, dental materials, and other medical products. The Performance Materials segment produces materials for paints, coatings, sensors, alternative energy devices, and materials for improving process technologies. It also focuses on advanced materials for alternative energy, such as high performance batteries, fuel cell, and photovoltaics; and other high performance material applications. The company was incorporated in 1973 under the name of Diversified Mines Limited and changed its name to Tex-U.S. Oil & Gas, Inc. in 1981. It changed its name to Orex Resources, Ltd. in 1986; Carlin Gold Company, Inc. in 1988; Altair International Gold, Inc. in 1994; and Altair International, Inc. in 1996. Further, the company changed its name to Altair Nanotechnologies, Inc. and redomesticated from the Ontario Business Corporations Act to the Canada Business Corporations Act in 2002. The company is headquartered in Reno, Nevada.
Innospec, Inc. engages in the development, manufacture, blending, and delivery of fuel additives and other specialty chemicals to oil refineries, and other chemical and industrial companies. The company operates in three segments: Fuel Specialties, Performance Chemicals, and Octane Additives. The Fuel Specialties segment develops, manufactures, blends, and delivers various specialty chemical products used as additives, and various fuels. Its products are used in the operation of automotive, marine and aviation engines, power station generators, and heating and diesel particulate filter systems. The Performance Chemicals segment manufactures performance chemicals used in various industrial processes and everyday products. Its products include surfactants and emollients, as well as synthetic aromas, including synthetic Lilestralis fragrance. This segment also manufactures Octaquest, a biodegradable chelating agent; Octastat, the anti-static additive; and Leuna polymer-branded waxes. These additives are used in the manufacture of personal care products, household detergents, and crop protection chemicals; and in the manufacture of plastics and paper, as well as in metal plating and oil industries. The Octane Additives segment produces tetra ethyl lead for use in automotive gasoline. Its environmental remediation business assists customers to manage the clean up of the associated redundant plants. Innospec sells its products primarily in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific. The company was founded in 1938. It was formerly known as Octel Corp. and changed its name to Innospec, Inc. in 2006. Innospec is headquartered in Ellesmere Port, the United Kingdom.
OIL-DRI CORPORATION OF AMERICA (ODC)
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.
HERCULES INCORPORATED (HPC)
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.
H. B. FULLER COMPANY (FUL)
H.B. Fuller Company and its subsidiaries engage in the manufacture and marketing of adhesives and specialty chemical products worldwide. It operates in two segments, Global Adhesives and Full-Valu/Specialty. Global Adhesives segment produces and supplies industrial and performance adhesives products for applications in various markets, including assembly; packaging; converting, including corrugated, tape and label, and tissue and towel; nonwoven, including disposable diapers, feminine care, and adult incontinence products; automotive; graphic arts, including books and magazines; and footwear. Full-Valu/Specialty segment produces and supplies specialty chemical product lines, such as ceramic tile and HVAC insulation installation; powder coatings applied to metal surfaces for office furniture; appliances, and lawn and garden equipment; hot melt products for packaging applications; and consumer products and windows market applications, as well as liquid paint sold through retail outlets in Central America. The company sells its products in 34 countries, including North America, Europe, Latin America, and the Asia Pacific region. H.B. Fuller was founded in 1887 and is headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota.
METHANEX CORPORATION (MEOH)
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.
NEVADA CHEMICALS INC (NCEM)
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.
QUAKER CHEMICAL CORPORATION (KWR)
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.
OMNOVA SOLUTIONS INC (OMN)
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.
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.
WILLIAMS PARTNERS L.P (WPZ)
Williams Partners L.P. engages in gathering, transporting, and processing natural gas, as well as in fractionating and storing of natural gas liquids (NGLs) in the United States. The company's Gathering and Processing segment provides natural gas gathering, transporting, processing, and treating services to customers under contractual arrangements. As of April 3, 2007, it owned a 3,500-mile natural gas gathering system, including three natural gas processing plants and two natural gas treating plants located in the San Juan Basin in Colorado and New Mexico; an integrated natural gas gathering and transportation pipeline system extending from offshore in the Gulf of Mexico to a natural gas processing facility and a natural gas liquids fractionator in Louisiana; and an unregulated sour gas gathering pipeline consisting of approximately 34 miles of pipeline off the coast of Alabama. Williams Partners' NGL Services segment operates 3 integrated NGL storage facilities and has a 50% undivided interest in a NGL fractionator near Conway, Kansas, which provides NGL fractionation and storage services. Williams Partners GP LLC serves as the general partner of the company. The company was founded in 2005 and is based in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
CYTEC INDUSTRIES INC (CYT)
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.
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.
WD-40 Company engages in the production and marketing of multipurpose lubricants, hand cleaners, and household cleaners worldwide. The company markets lubricants under WD-40 and 3-IN-ONE oil brands; and heavy-duty hand cleaners under Lava and Solvol brands. WD-40 products, which act as lubricant, rust preventative, penetrant, cleaner, and moisture displacers, are used in household, marine, automotive, construction, repair, sporting goods, and gardening applications. 3-IN-ONE Oil products, which include a spray and drip penetrant, a white lithium grease spray, a silicone spray, a PTFE spray, a heavy duty cleaner and degreaser spray, and an engine starter spray, are used in locksmithing, HVAC, marine, farming, construction, and jewelry manufacturing. It also sells a liquid mildew stain remover, a liquid bathroom soap scum remover, a liquid daily shower cleaner, an automatic toilet bowl cleaner, and an aerosol and liquid bathroom cleaner under X-14 brand. In addition, WD-40 Company's other products include 2000 Flushes automatic toilet bowl cleaner, Carpet Fresh and No Vac rug and room deodorizers, Spot Shot aerosol and liquid carpet stain remover, and 1001 carpet and household cleaners, and rug and room deodorizers. The company markets its lubricants through retail chain stores, hardware stores, warehouse club stores, automotive parts outlets, and industrial distributors and suppliers, as well as and the household products in grocery and mass retail primarily in the United States, Europe, and Asia-Pacific. WD-40 Company was founded in 1953 and is headquartered in San Diego, California.
ADA-ES, Inc. provides air pollution control systems, specialty chemicals, and consulting services to utility and industrial customers. It sells flue gas conditioning (FGC), and other chemicals and technologies for electric generating coal-fired boilers; and provides testing and services related to the market for mercury emission control for such boilers. ADA-ES also develops solutions for slag tapping problems that enable cyclone boilers to fire Powder River Basin coals. In addition to mercury control technology, the company provides mercury measurement products and services. As of December 31, 2003, it had four operating FGC units at coal-fired utilities in Iowa, Louisiana, Oregon, and Wisconsin. ADA-ES was established in 1996 and is headquartered in Littleton, Colorado.
CROMPTON CORPORATION (CEM)
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.
MACE SECURITY INTERNATIONAL INC (MACE)
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.
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.
NEWMARKET CORPORATION (NEU)
NewMarket Corporation, through its subsidiaries, Afton Chemical Corporation and Ethyl Corporation, engages in the development, manufacture, blending, and delivery of chemical additives for petroleum products. The company operates in two segments, Petroleum Additives and TEL. The Petroleum Additives segment manufactures component chemicals that are selected to perform one or more specific functions and blend those chemicals with other components to form packages for use in specified end-user applications. Its customers include oil companies, refineries, vehicle original equipment manufacturers, and other specialty chemical companies. The TEL segment offers tetraethyl lead, which is used as an octane enhancer in gasoline to improve ignition qualities and operating performance of fuel. NewMarket Corporation was 1887 and is headquartered in Richmond, Virginia.
WESTLAKE CHEMICAL CORPORATION (WLK)
Westlake Chemical Corporation engages in the manufacture and marketing of petrochemicals, vinyls, polymers, and fabricated products in North America. The company operates through two segments, Olefins and Vinyls. The Olefins segment manufactures ethylene, polyethylene, styrene, and associated co-products. The Vinyls segment manufactures polyvinyl chloride (PVC), vinyl chloride monomer (VCM), chlorine, caustic soda, ethylene, and fabricated products. Its chlorine and ethylene are used to manufacture VCM, which is then converted into PVC. The company uses its PVC to manufacture fabricated products, such as pipe, fence, deck, and door and window components. The company was founded by T.T. Chao in 1985. Westlake Chemical is headquartered in Houston, Texas.
KRONOS WORLDWIDE INC (KRO)
Kronos Worldwide, Inc. engages in the manufacture and marketing of titanium dioxide (TiO2) pigments in Europe and North America. TiO2 pigment provides whiteness, brightness, and opacity to various products, including paints, plastics, paper, fibers, food, ceramics, and cosmetics. As of December 31, 2004, the company produced approximately 40 different TiO2 grades. It also manufactures and sells iron-based chemicals, which are by-products of TiO2, as well as certain titanium chemical products (titanium oxychloride and titanyl sulfate) used in specialty applications in the formulation of pearlescent pigments, production of electroceramic capacitors for cell phones, and other electronic devices. The company primarily offers its products to paint, plastics, and paper manufacturers. Kronos also engages in the mining and sale of ilmenite ore. The company is based in Dallas, Texas. Kronos Worldwide, Inc. operates as an indirect majority owned subsidiary of Contran Corporation, as of December 31, 2004.
VERASUN ENERGY CORPORATION (VSE)
VeraSun Energy Corporation engages in the production and sale of ethanol and its co-products in the United States. Ethanol is primarily used as a blend component in the gasoline fuel market. The company's ethanol co-products include wet and dry distillers grains with solubles, which are used as animal feed; and Corn oil, which is used as an animal feed, as well as to produce biodiesel, a clean burning alternative fuel. In addition, it offers ethanol-blended VE85 fuel to gas distributors and retailers. VeraSun Energy was founded in 2001 and is headquartered in Brookings, South Dakota.
PACIFIC ETHANOL INC (PEIX)
Pacific Ethanol, Inc. markets ethanol in the western United States. Through third-party service providers, it provides transportation, storage, and delivery of ethanol. The company sells ethanol primarily into California, Nevada, Arizona, and Oregon, as well as has customer relationships throughout the western United States, and supplier relationships throughout the western and midwestern United States. Pacific Ethanol is building an ethanol production facility in Madera in the California central valley. The company is based in Fresno, California.
FLEXIBLE SOLUTIONS INTERNATIONAL INC (FSI)
Flexible Solutions International, Inc. engages in the development, manufacture, and marketing of specialty chemicals, which slow down the evaporation of water. It provides energy and water conservation products, including a liquid swimming pool blanket, which saves energy and water by storing evaporation from the pool surface; and a food safe powdered form of ingredient within the liquid blanket, which is designed for use in still or slow moving drinking water sources. The company also manufactures biodegradable polymers for use in the petroleum, chemical, utility, and mining industries to prevent corrosion and scaling in water piping. Flexible Solutions International produces chemical additives for use in laundry and dish detergents, as well as in products to reduce levels of insecticides, herbicides, and fungicides. It also makes dispensers that automate the deployment of its chemical products. The company sells its products in the United States and Canada. Flexible Solutions International was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Victoria, Canada.
US BIOENERGY CORPORATION (USBE)
US BioEnergy Corporation produces and markets ethanol and distillers grains in the United States. It also provides facilities management, grain procurement, and risk consulting services to other ethanol producers. The company sells ethanol to refining and marketing companies, and sells distillers grains to livestock operators and marketing companies. In addition, it has a joint venture, Provista Renewable Fuels Marketing, LLC with CHS, Inc. for ethanol marketing. US BioEnergy Corporation also has a joint venture, Big River Grinnell, LLC with Big River Resources, LLC to construct, own, and operate an ethanol facility near Grinnell, Iowa. The company was founded in 2004 and is based in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota.
AVENTINE RENEWABLE ENERGY HOLDINGS INC (AVR)
Aventine Renewable Energy Holdings, Inc. engages in the production and marketing of fuel-grade ethanol in the United States. It also produces various co-products, such as distillers grain, corn gluten feed, corn germ, and brewers' yeast. In addition, the company produces bio-products, Kosher and Chametz free brewers' yeast, which is used in animal and human food and fermentation applications. Aventine Renewable Energy Holdings is headquartered in Pekin, Illinois.
GREEN PLAINS RENEWABLE ENERGY INC (GPRE)
Green Plains Renewable Energy, Inc. (GPRE), a development stage company, intends to produce ethanol by the fermentation of sugars found in grains and other biomass. It also intends to produce distillers grains, an animal feed supplement obtained as a by-product of the ethanol production process. The company is constructing two ethanol plants, one in southwestern Iowa in Fremont County near Shenandoah, and another in northwestern Iowa near the town of Superior. GPRE was founded in 2004 and is headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska.