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


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]

Church & Dwight's UK arm is based in Folkestone, Kent.[citation needed]

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]


Selected Church and Dwight's brands
Brand Notes
Aim Toothpaste (acquired in 2003 in the U.S. from Unilever)
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)
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)
First Response (acquired in 2001 from Carter-Wallace)
Gentle Naturals (acquired in 2008 from Del Pharmaceuticals)
Kaboom a 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)
RUB A535
Scrub Free
SnoBol (toilet cleaner, acquired in 1997 from Dial)
Trojan Condoms (acquired in 2001 from Carter-Wallace)
Xtra laundry detergent (through merger in 2001 with USA Detergents)


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  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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