Our Company History
Nalco was founded as National Aluminate Corporation in 1928 through a merger of Chicago Chemical Company and Aluminate Sales Corporation, two Chicago-based companies selling sodium aluminate to treat water. Chicago Chemical Company sold mainly to municipalities and industrial plants for boiler feedwater treatment. Aluminate Sales Corporation sold to the railroads to condition water used in steam locomotives.
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National Aluminate Corporation is incorporated in Illinois on May 1. The company results from the union of two companies with Chicago roots: Chicago Chemical Company and Aluminate Sales Corporation.
National Aluminate Corporation forms Visco in Sugar Land, Texas. The firm sold an additive for drilling mud which is a mixture of clay and water use in drilling oil wells. This helped establish Nalco in the oil industry.
National Aluminate Corporation purchases Paige Jones Chemical Company of New York. With this transaction, National Aluminate Corporation acquired the equipment and chemical rights to supply water treatment chemicals in convenient and easy-to-feed ball briquette form. This resulted in a large increase in water treatment business.
National Aluminate Corporation becomes a publicly traded company with an offering of 127,000 shares of stock.
Realizing that foreign nations lag behind America in the conversion from steam to diesel locomotives, National Aluminate Corporation exploits the great potential to sell boiler treatments abroad by forming an Overseas Division.
First Foreign subsidiary, Nalco Italiana, is founded to meet growing European needs.
National Aluminate Corporation shareholders approve a name change to Nalco Chemical Company.
Nalco forms Nalco de Mexico, S.A., headquartered in Mexico City. A major share of the business will service Pemex, Mexico's national oil industry.
Nalco enters into a joint venture with ICI of Australia and New Zealand, Ltd., to form Catoleam Pty., Ltd. in Australia.
Nalco's plant in Garyville, LA, begins production.
Nalco develops Material Safety Data Sheets to provide customers with handling information for hazardous substances.
Nalco's corporate headquarters move from Chicago to Oak Brook, IL.
ORS-419 is used in the tires of the Space Shuttle Columbia. The Nalco product is the only non-silicone product of its type on the market approved by the space shuttle tire's manufacturer.
Nalco breaks ground for a new 300,000-square-foot trio of headquarters buildings in Naperville, representing an investment totaling $90 million.
Nalco introduces the PORTA-FEED® reusable container system, the most advanced liquid chemical handling system yet introduced.
Nalco leads the chemical industry in the development of CAER (Community Awareness and Emergency Response), a forerunner of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986 and the CMA Responsible Care® initiative.
Nalco consolidates groups from the Energy Chemicals Division and Oil Field Services Division to form a new Petroleum Chemicals Division to be headquartered in Sugar Land. The new Petroleum Chemicals Division will include Visco Chemicals, Refinery Process Chemicals, Additives, Adomite Chemicals and Gas and Oil Handling Chemicals Groups.
Sales top $1 billion.
Combining the best of both companies, Nalco and Exxon Chemical Company announce the formation of Nalco/Exxon Energy Chemicals, L.P. to provide products and services to all facets of the petroleum and natural gas industries.
Nalco reports that 1997 was a record-setting year for sales and earnings, rising 10 percent to $1.43 billion, with improvements reported by all divisions.
STA•BR•EX®, biocides are chosen as one of the year's most technologically significant products by R&D Magazine. It is the first industrial biocide modeled after naturally occurring antimicrobials.
On June 27, Nalco enters into merger agreement with Suez Lyonnaise des Eaux, a $32 billion company with more than 200,000 employees worldwide. The move also integrates Suez Lyonnaise's existing water treatment group, Aquazur and Calgon Corporation, into existing Nalco operations to create "a new Nalco”.
Nalco is renamed Ondeo Nalco, reflecting a new identity as a member of the Ondeo family of water-related businesses of Suez. The Ondeo family also includes Ondeo Services, Ondeo Degremont, and Ondeo Industrial Services.
Ondeo Nalco strengthens its leadership role in the petroleum industry as Nalco/Exxon Energy Chemicals, L.P. (NEEC) becomes part of the company through redemption of Exxon Mobil stock in the joint venture. NEEC generates $500 million in annual sales through its 1,800 sales people, engineers and other employees.
USFilter and Ondeo Nalco enter into a strategic partnership providing equipment, chemicals and service to industrial customers.
An investment group composed of the Blackstone Group, Apollo Management L. P. and Goldman Sachs Capital Partners buy Ondeo Nalco.
Nalco Company, a recognized symbol of strength around the world, unveils new logo.
Nalco returns to trading on the New York Stock Exchange under its old NLC ticker symbol following an Initial Public Offering on November 11, 2004.
Nalco’s global sales exceed $3 billion for the first time in company history.
Nalco announces 3D TRASAR® technology, the most comprehensive approach to cooling system management available. It provides the ability to monitor and control cooling water systems in real time, keeping these vital systems operating at peak efficiency regardless of demands.
A series of secondary stock offerings in the following years eliminates the investor group stake in Nalco in early 2007.
Nalco purchases majority share of Mobotec and enters air pollution control market as Nalco Mobotec.
J. Erik Fyrwald named Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer.
Nalco’s global sales exceed $4 billion for the first time in company history.
Nalco merges with Ecolab