Church & Dwight, Inc.
ARM & HAMMER Performance Products, the leader in providing high-quality bicarbonate products, optimized to meet customer expectations. For 174 years, the ARM & HAMMER logo has communicated our dedication to customer satisfaction – and it remains the symbol by which our quality makes itself known. Our innovative, distinctive bicarbonate products are offered for food, pharmaceutical, chemical processing, water treatment, and environmental applications.
Church & Dwight's Performance Products Group provides bicarbonate solutions designed to improve customer success and profitability. Our innovative research and technologies are supported by world-class professionals and expertise.
As we continue our journey of quality leadership in the bicarbonate industry, we also continue to expand into new markets and applications, while still maintaining the standards of quality and purity for which we have been known for more than 150 years.
The Specialty Products Division is committed to guiding the principles of Responsible Care.
The Performance Products Group: Church & Dwight History
Church & Dwight is one of America's oldest, best recognized companies, founded in 1846 by Dr. Austin Church of Connecticut, and his brother-in-law, John Dwight of Massachusetts. Together, they went into the production and marketing of Baking Soda, a trade name for bicarbonate of soda.
The company's first factory was Dr. Dwight's kitchen in Rochester, NY, and the first headquarters comprised a modest frame office over a New York City grocery store. While Dr. Church handled production, Mr. Dwight aggressively marketed their product to City grocers. Their combined efforts planted the seeds of a product and brand that is now a staple in homes across America.
In 1867, James A. Church joined his father as a member of Church & Co. James adapted the famous ARM & HAMMER™ trademark - the arm of Vulcan, Roman mythological god of fire, with hammer in hand. Since then, this trademark has become one of the world's most recognized logos - a symbol of the company's tradition of integrity and quality.
Time passed. The company grew and changed; branched out and came back together. By 1896, the descendants of the founders consolidated their interests under the name of Church & Dwight Co., Inc.
During the company's first 80 years, sodium bicarbonate was used and marketed almost exclusively as a household product. However, for the past 65 years, ARM & HAMMER™ brand has continued to stay ahead of trends. In 1967 Church & Dwight built its sodium bicarbonate plant in Green River, Wyoming, to take advantage of the natural soda ash reserves in the area. In 1968, the company purchased 'Tidy House,' a small laundry products company that was producing eco-friendly non-phosphate laundry detergent.
Since then, the company has continued to research and develop new bicarbonate product uses and formulations, opening exciting new markets that transcend the kitchen, including personal hygiene, pharmaceuticals and industrial applications.
Church & Dwight's journey has been a long and successful one. We believe our commitment to quality, purity, integrity and performance will continue to distinguish our culture and products well into the future!
The Performance Products Group: ARM & HAMMER™and the Specialty Products Division
In 1970, Church & Dwight was divided into two product groups: The ARM & HAMMER™ Division and the Specialty Chemicals Division, now known as the Specialty Products Division. This separation allowed the ARM & HAMMER™ Division to focus on expanding consumer product offerings, while the Specialty Products Division worked on developing new industrial products.
The fortuitous split and subsequent growth led to the addition of a second plant in Old Fort, Ohio, in 1980, and positioned Church & Dwight as the largest sodium bicarbonate producer in the world.
The success of the Specialty Products Division has resulted in a vast expansion of applications and new markets for bicarbonates. For example, we have developed a major business from the benefits of sodium bicarbonate as a buffer in dairy rations – representing the single largest use of sodium bicarbonate today. Additional new businesses are currently being spun off to focus on industrial precision blasting and aqueous cleaning.
The Performance Products Group stands at the heart of the Specialty Products Division, managing sales and marketing in eighteen major market segments. In addition to maintaining the growth of the Division's base business, the Performance Products Group helps ensure the future of the company through continuous innovation and development of new ARM & HAMMER™ brand technologies, products and services.
The Performance Products Group: Armand Products Joint Venture
Armand Products Company is a joint venture between Church & Dwight Company, Inc. and Occidental Chemical Corporation (OxyChem), formed in 1986. With corporate headquarters in Princeton, New Jersey, and facilities in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, Armand Products Company is the world's largest producer of potassium carbonate and the only producer of potassium bicarbonate in the U.S.
Our two ISO 9002 certified, modern production facilities in Muscle Shoals comprise four reactors that operate 24/7, 365 days a year. We offer unsurpassed production capacity for assured supply, producing 4 times the capacity of any other U.S. supplier: 100,000 tons of potassium carbonate per year, and 5,000 tons of potassium bicarbonate per year.
In addition, Armand Products is the only producer with dedicated production of potassium hydroxide, the key raw material for potassium carbonate.
The Performance Products Group of Church & Dwight is guided by the principles of Responsible Care®, our policy on environmental sustainability and health, safety, and security issues. The policy details our commitment to protecting the environment, ensuring the safety and safe use of our products, and continually improving our products and processes to minimize their impact on our communities.
As an industry leader with a reputation for quality, trust, and purity, we take our responsibility for the health and safety of our customers, our employees, our communities, and our environment very seriously. We believe that responsibility includes sharing information about our policies and the safety of our products.
We invite you to review our Responsible Care® policy and our Product Safety Summary by clicking the links below.