Church & Dwight

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Church & Dwight Co, Inc.
Traded as NYSECHD
Industry Dental, Medical
Founded 1847: as John Dwight and Company
1896: as Church & Dwight, Co.
Founder John Dwight
Headquarters Ewing, New Jersey, U.S.
Key people
James R. Craigie, CEO
Matthew T. Farrell, CFO
Bruce F. Flemming, CMO
Products Laundry detergent
Baking soda
Pregnancy tests
Revenue $2.6 billion (2011) [1]
Number of employees
3,600 (as of 2010) [2]
Divisions Arm & Hammer, Nair
First Response, OxiClean

Church & Dwight Co, Inc. is a major American manufacturer of household products that is based in Ewing, New Jersey. While it manufactures many items, it is best known for its Arm & Hammer line which includes baking soda and a variety of products made with it. Church & Dwight was ranked 723 in the Fortune 500 listing of companies in 2010.[3]


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The company was founded in 1896 to unify two companies created by John Dwight of Massachusetts and his brother-in-law, Austin Church of Connecticut. Their partnership had begun in 1846 with the two founders selling sodium bicarbonate (also known as baking soda) that they refined in Dwight's kitchen.[4]

The Arm & Hammer logo, which dates back to the 1860s,[5] is often incorrectly claimed to have originated with tycoon Armand Hammer. Hammer was so often asked about the Church & Dwight brand, however, that he attempted to buy the company. While unsuccessful, Hammer's Occidental Petroleum in 1986 acquired enough stock for him to join the Church & Dwight board of directors.[6]

In 2001 the consumer product line of Carter-Wallace was sold to Church and Dwight and MedPointe bought the diagnostics and drug businesses.[7]

Church and Dwight acquired the OxiClean brand through its acquisition of Orange Glo International in 2006.[8] Church & Dwight was ranked 723 in the Fortune 500 listing of companies in 2010.[3]

Notable brands[edit]

  • Aim Toothpaste (acquired in 2003 in the U.S. from Unilever)
  • Answer
  • Arm & Hammer
  • Arm & Hammer Spinbrush (known until 2009 as Crest Spinbrush; acquired in 2006 from Procter & Gamble)
  • Arrid (acquired in 2001 from Carter-Wallace)
  • Auro-Dri (acquired in 2008 from Del Pharmaceuticals)
  • Batiste
  • Cameo (acquired in 1997 from Dial)
  • Carter's Laxative (originally known as Carter's Little Liver Pills and later as Carter's Little Pills, acquired in 2001 from Carter-Wallace)
  • Close-Up (licensing rights acquired in 2003 in the U.S. from Unilever)
  • Delicare
  • First Response (acquired in 2001 from Carter-Wallace)
  • Gentle Naturals (acquired in 2008 from Del Pharmaceuticals)
  • Kaboom tile cleaner (through merger in 2006 with Orange Glo International)
  • Lady's Choice
  • L'il Critters
  • Mentadent (acquired in 2003 in the U.S. from Unilever)
  • Nair (acquired in 2001 from Carter-Wallace)
  • Nice'n Fluffy (through merger in 2001 with USA Detergents)
  • Orajel (acquired in 2008 from Del Pharmaceuticals)
  • Orange Glo (through merger in 2006 with Orange Glo International)
  • OxiClean (through merger in 2006 with Orange Glo International)
  • Parsons (acquired in 1997 from Dial)
  • Pearl Drops (acquired in 2001 from Carter-Wallace)
  • Pepsodent (acquired in 2003 in the U.S. from Unilever)
  • Rain Drops (acquired in 1997 from Dial)
  • Rigident
  • RUB A535
  • Scrub Free
  • SnoBol (toilet cleaner, acquired in 1997 from Dial)
  • Trojan condoms (acquired in 2001 from Carter-Wallace)
  • Vitafusion
  • Xtra laundry detergent (through merger in 2001 with USA Detergents)

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See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Profile: Church & Dwight", NASDAQ
  2. ^ "Profile: Church & Dwight", Hoover's
  3. ^ a b "Fortune 500 listings",, 2010.
  4. ^ Official Company History
  5. ^ History of Product Names & Trademarks: Arm & Hammer Baking Soda
  6. ^ Did tycoon Armand Hammer have anything to do with Arm & Hammer baking soda?
  7. ^ "Carter-Wallace's brands will be sold to 2 different companies for a total of $1.12 billion". Los Angeles Times. May 9, 2001. Retrieved 2011-09-26. Carter-Wallace, ending a yearlong process to find buyers for its many brands, will split its consumer brands—including Trojan condoms and Arrid deodorant—from its health business, after failing to attract a better offer for the entire company. For Church & Dwight, which owns the Arm & Hammer baking soda product line, the purchase of Carter-Wallace's deodorant and pet- care lines will help the firm expand internationally, it said. A 50- 50 venture Church has formed with Kelso will take the other consumer lines. MedPointe will get Carter-Wallace's diagnostics and drug businesses, which make the allergy medicine Astelin, the muscle relaxant Soma and Rynatan/Tussi cough and cold products. ... 
  8. ^ Moore, Paula (2004-05-02). "OxiClean breathes new life into cleaning line". 

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