Company History

Church & Dwight: 171 Years of Performance Products

Church & Dwight is one of America’s oldest, best recognized companies and our journey over the previous 171 years 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!

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1846

Church & Dwight was founded by Dr. Austin Church, and his brother-in-law, John Dwight. Together, they went into the production and marketing of Baking Soda, a trade name for bicarbonate of soda.

1867

James A. Church joined his father as a member of Church & Co. and 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.

1896

The descendants of the founders consolidated their interests under the name of Church & Dwight Co., Inc.

1900

ARM & HAMMER™ continued delivery of its popular mail order guides which contained recipes and helpful household tips. Some contained family recipes from the wives of founders, Dr. Austin Church & John Dwight.

1929

During the company’s first 80 years, sodium bicarbonate was used and marketed almost exclusively as a household product with numerous uses.

1960s

This 1967 ARM & HAMMER™ advertisement displayed numerous uses for its baking soda, from sunburn treatment and odor control to oral care and automotive cleaning.

1968

Church & Dwight built its sodium bicarbonate plant in Green River, Wyoming, to take advantage of the natural soda ash reserves in the area.

1970

In April, 1970, Church & Dwight was honored to be the sole corporate sponsor for the first Earth Day.

1980

The six-story manufacturing plant in Old Fort, OH is built to help meet future growth by using new processing technology built by the Church & Dwight engineers.

1980s

Church & Dwight began developing Dry Sorbent Injection solutions to reduce air pollution from stack gases.

1986

For its 100th anniversary on July 4th, the Statue of Liberty's inner copper walls are cleaned with sodium bicarbonate, which removes 99 years of coal tar without damage to the copper.

1986

Armand Products was formed in 1986 through a Joint Venture agreement between Church & Dwight Co., Inc. and Occidental Chemical Corporation, two of the chemical industry’s largest brands.

1999

ArmaKleen is a Joint Venture between Church & Dwight Co., Inc. and Safety-Kleen, two of the leading commercial and industrial parts cleaning companies.

2000s

The company continued to research and develop new bicarbonate product uses and formulations, to serve exciting new applications.

Present

Church & Dwight’s journey has been a long and successful one. For the past 171 years, our commitment to quality, purity, integrity and performance has distinguished our culture and products and will continue well into the future!

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