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WPS Headquarters 
1601 W. Diehl Road
Naperville, IL 60563-1198
630-305-1000  Phone
630-305-2900  Fax

Nalco Energy Services Headquarters 
7705 Highway 90-A
Sugar Land, TX  77478
281-263-7000  Phone

 

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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.

Nalco Timeline

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1928

Nalco Clearing Plant circa 1929National 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.

1929

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.

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1930

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.

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1947

National Aluminate Corporation becomes a publicly traded company with an offering of 127,000 shares of stock.

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1950

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.

1952

Nalco Italiano circa 1959First Foreign subsidiary, Nalco Italiana, is founded to meet growing European needs.

1959

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.

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1962

Nalco enters into a joint venture with ICI of Australia and New Zealand, Ltd., to form Catoleam Pty., Ltd. in Australia.

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1970

Nalco's plant in Garyville, LA, begins production.

Nalco develops Material Safety Data Sheets to provide customers with handling information for hazardous substances.

1974

Nalco's corporate headquarters move from Chicago to Oak Brook, IL.

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1982

Space ShuttleORS-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.

1983

Nalco breaks ground for a new 300,000-square-foot trio of headquarters buildings in Naperville, representing an investment totaling $90 million.

1984

Nalco introduces the PORTA-FEED® reusable container system, the most advanced liquid chemical handling system yet introduced.

1985

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.

1986

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.

1989

Sales top $1 billion.

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1994

Nalco Exxon Energy ChemicalsCombining 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.

1998

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.

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1999

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”.

2001

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.

2003

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 LogoNalco Company, a recognized symbol of strength around the world, unveils new logo.

2004

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.

2007

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.

2008

J. Erik Fyrwald named Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer.

Nalco’s global sales exceed $4 billion for the first time in company history.

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2011

Nalco merges with Ecolab

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