Velsicol Chemical Corporation
|Founder(s)||Joseph Regenstein and Julius Hyman|
|Headquarters||Rosemont, Illinois, United States|
Velsicol Chemical Corporation) is a Rosemont, Illinois based chemical company founded in 1931 by Joseph Regenstein and Julius Hyman that specializes in chemical intermediates used in applications such as agrochemicals.
At the time the landmark anti-pesticide book Silent Spring was published (1962), Velsicol was the sole manufacturer of chlordane and heptachlor, two since-banned pesticides that feature prominently in the book. Velsicol threatened legal action against Silent Spring's publisher, though ultimately no such action was taken.
For years, Velsicol produced polybrominated biphenyls, DDT, cattle feed additives, and various other chemicals at its plant in St. Louis, Michigan. In 1973, a packaging error at the plant resulted in several thousand pounds of PBBs contaminating cattle feed which was later fed to animals across Michigan. When the error was finally recognized, all the cattle in the state were culled. The site of the St. Louis plant is now one of the costliest superfund sites in the U.S.
In 2005, Velsicol was acquired by the private equity firm Arsenal Capital Partners. In 2007, the business unit which manufactures benzoic acid, sodium benzoate and specialty plasticizers that are performance based solutions for the adhesives & sealants, coatings, and PVC markets was re-branded in 2007 as Genovique Specialties Corporation. Arsenal continues its ownership of Velsicol.
- Linda Lear, Rachel Carson: Witness for Nature, Henry Holt and Company, New York, 1997, pp. 416-419.
- "Arsenal Completes Genovique Sale". Retrieved 9 August 2012.
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