Company History

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!