Church & Dwight
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|Traded as||NYSE: CHD|
|Founded||1847: as John Dwight and Company
1896: as Church & Dwight, Co.
|Headquarters||Ewing, New Jersey, U.S.|
|Matthew T. Farrell, CEO|
|Revenue||$3.4 billion (2015) |
Number of employees
|4,145 (as of 2015) |
|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 702 in the Fortune 500 listing of companies in 2015.
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.
The Arm & Hammer logo, which dates back to the 1860s, 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.
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- Nair (acquired in 2001 from Carter-Wallace)
- Orajel (acquired in 2008 from Del Pharmaceuticals)
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- Pepsodent (acquired in 2003 in the U.S. from Unilever)
- RUB A535
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- Official Company History
- History of Product Names & Trademarks: Arm & Hammer Baking Soda
- Did tycoon Armand Hammer have anything to do with Arm & Hammer baking soda?
- "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. ...
- Moore, Paula (2004-05-02). "OxiClean breathes new life into cleaning line".
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