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SOCIEDAD QUIMICA Y MINERA S.A (SQM)

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.


NOVA CHEMICALS CORPORATION (NCX)

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.


GEORGIA GULF CORPORATION (GGC)

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.


WELLMAN INC (WLM)

Wellman, Inc. and its subsidiaries engage in the manufacture and the marketing of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) packaging resins, polyester staple fibers, and engineering resins. The company operates in two segments, the Packaging Products Group, and the Fibers and Recycled Products Group. Packaging Products Group manufactures solid-stated and amorphous PET resin for use in the manufacture of soft drink bottles, and other food and beverage packaging, and EcoClear PET resin. It markets its solid-stated PET resin primarily under the PermaClear and PermaClear HP brands to manufacturers of various types of plastic containers. Fibers and Recycled Products Group manufactures chemical-based polyester staple fibers, recycled-based polyester and nylon staple fibers, and recycled-based nylon and polyester engineering resins for use in apparel, home furnishing, non-woven, industrial products, and the injection molding industry. The company sells its products through direct sales team, representatives, and agents in the United States, Mexico, and Europe. The company was founded in 1927 under the name Hill & Nichols. It later changed its name to Nichols & Company and subsequently to Wellman, Inc. in 1969. The company is based in Shrewsbury, New Jersey.


AP PHARMA INC (APPA)

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.


POLYONE CORPORATION (POL)

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.


NL INDUSTRIES INC (NL)

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.


OLIN CORPORATION (OLN)

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.


KMG CHEMICALS INC (KMGB)

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.


CALGON CARBON CORPORATION (CCC)

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.


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.


ALBEMARLE CORPORATION (ALB)

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.


ALUMINA LTD (AWC)

Alumina Limited, through its subsidiary, engages in mining, refining, smelting, and marketing of alumina. The company primarily offers alumina, alumina-based chemicals, and aluminum. It primarily operates in Australia, North America, Europe, and Asia. The company, formerly known as WMC Limited, was incorporated in 1970 and changed its name to Alumina Limited in 2002. Alumina Limited is based in Southbank, Australia.


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.


MINERALS TECHNOLOGIES INC (MTX)

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.


SINOPEC SHANGAI PETROCHEMICAL COMPANY LTD (SHI)

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.


GREAT LAKES BANCORP INC (GLK)

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ARCH CHEMICALS INC (ARJ)

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.


TOR MINERALS INTERNATIONAL INC (TORM)

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.


LANDEC CORPORATION (LNDC)

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.


LSB INDUSTRIES INC (LXU)

LSB Industries, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in Climate Control and Chemical businesses. Climate Control segment manufactures and sells various hydronic fan coil, water source heat pump products, and other heating ventilation and air conditioning products for use in commercial and residential air conditioning and heating systems. It markets primarily to original equipment manufacturers, mechanical contractors, and independent sales representatives worldwide. Chemical segment manufactures and sells fertilizer grade ammonium nitrate, urea ammonium nitrate, urea, and anhydrous ammonia for agricultural applications; industrial grade ammonium nitrate and solutions for the mining industry; and concentrated, blended, and regular nitric acid, metallurgical grade ammonia, anhydrous ammonia, and sulfuric acid for industrial applications. It markets primarily to farmers, ranchers, and dealers; explosive manufacturers; and industrial users of acids in the United States. The company was formed in 1968 and is based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.