Industry News


  • Bissell Buys Woolite from Playtex Products

    Bissell Homecare, Inc., Grand Rapids, MI, has entered into an agreement to purchase the Woolite Rug and Upholstery business from Playtex Products, Inc. The deal is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2004. “This strategic acquisition st…
    11.22.05

  • J.M. Huber Acquires CP Kelco APS

    The J.M. Huber Corp., Edison, NJ, purchased hydrocolloid producer CP Kelco ApS from Lehman Brothers Merchant Banking Partners II L.P. in July after acquiring a minority ownership stake from Hercules, Inc. in February. Executives said with this acquis…
    11.22.05

  • Smurfit-Stone, LOral Named Safe Companies

    Smurfit-Stone Container Corp., Chicago, was recently named one of America’s safest companies in Occupational Hazards magazine. Also data from the American Forest & Paper Association shows Smurfit-Stone has led the pulp and paper industry in…
    11.22.05

  • Alliance Created To Develop RFID Tags

    Marlin Mickle, a University of Pittsburgh electrical engineer and ADCUS, a subsidiary of Advanced Digital Chips, Inc., Korea, have partnered to sell radio-frequency identification tags (RFID). Called Product Emitting Numbering Identification (PENI) t…
    11.22.05

  • Schering-Plough Named A Top Company for Mothers

    Schering-Plough Corp., Kenilworth, NJ, was named one of the 100 best companies for working mothers across the U.S. by Working Mother magazine. “We have a broad range of programs designed to create a workplace that is conducive to helping our…
    11.22.05

  • AIChE Establishes Institute for Sustainability

    American Institutes of Chemical Engineers has launched the Institute for Sustainability (IfS) following the ratification of its charter by the AIChE board of directors. The volunteer-driven Institute will promote the societal, economic and environmen…
    11.22.05

  • Engelhard Corp. Acquires The Collaborative Group

    Engelhard Corp., Iselin, NJ, has acquired The Collaborative Group, Ltd., including its wholly-owned subsidiary Collaborative Laboratories. Executives said the merger creates a unique combination of technical capabilities, such as Engelhard’s su…
    11.22.05

  • Silab Hosts Scientific Seminar, Expands Plant

    Silab, Brive, France, hosted a scientific seminar from June 24 and 25 for approximately 200 customers. The event commemorated the company’s 20th anniversary and the inauguration of a new production unit at the Correze site. The seminar feature…
    11.22.05

  • Jean Coutu Buys Eckerd Drugstore Chain

    The Jean Coutu Group, Longueuil, Canada, has purchased the Eckerd Drugstore chain, which consists of approximately 1,550 stores and support facilities in the U.S., for nearly $2.4 billion. Jean Coutu is now the fourth largest drugstore chain in North…
    11.22.05

  • J.M. Huber to Finalize Acquisition of CP Kelco

    On Sept. 30, J.M. Huber Corporation will officially acquire CP Kelco from Lehman Brothers Merchant Banking Partners II L.P. Terms were not disclosed. Huber owns a minority interest in the company, which it acquired from Hercules, Inc. in February. Up…
    11.22.05

  • Fitz Chem Establishes Personal Care Division

    Fitz Chem Corporation, Itasca, IL, has cre-ated a new personal care/industrial & institutional division to serve these industries. Executives said it will operate as a stand-alone division. As a result, Tochi Onyeriri was appointed technical indu…
    11.22.05

  • Zotos International Cosponsors Student Competition

    Zotos International, Darien, CT, and Robin & Cole LLP, the Westchester-Fairfield chapter of the American Corporate Counsel Association and Sacred Heart University, kicked off the second year of the Students Undertaking College Career Enhancing St…
    11.22.05

  • Mangrove Resources Formed To Help Launch Brands

    Five firms partnered to form Mangrove Resources, Inc., San Diego, CA, to offer cost-effective brand strategy, development and execution. The five firms are DKM Marketing, The Emerson Group, Robin Leedy & Associates, Lunchbox Communications and WF…
    11.22.05

  • WFFC Holds Golf Outing, Plans Open Dinner

    Women in Flavor and Fragrance Commerce (WFFC), Neptune, NJ, held its 10th annual Golf Outing in June at the Beaver Brook Country Club, Clinton, NJ, with more than 100 participants. The WFFC will hold the 22nd annual open dinner on Sept. 3 at the West…
    11.22.05

  • Pigments Conference Set For April, Calls for Papers

    The Color Pigments Manufacturing Association (CPMA) has issued a call for papers for the “Innovation in Color Technology” conference, set for April 20-22, 2005, at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore. The event is co-sponsored by Rodman Publishin…
    11.22.05

  • Industry Experts Form Natural Organization IANPP

    Darrin C. Duber-Smith, president of Green Marketing, Denver, CO, has teamed up with Susan Apito, president of The Botanical Elements Trade Association, to create the International Association of Natural Product Pro-ducers (IANPP). This organization w…
    11.22.05

  • CTFA Holds Three Scientific Seminars in November

    The Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association (CTFA), Washington, DC, will hold three day-long seminars at the Newark Airport Marriott Hotel, Newark, NJ, from Nov. 9-11. Microbial test methods, quality assurance and good manufacturing practices wi…
    11.22.05

  • DLI Holding Corp. To Acquire Del Labs

    Del Laboratories Inc. signed a definitive merger agreement in July to be acquired by DLI Holding Corp., a company jointly owned by affiliates of Kelso & Company and Church & Dwight. The transaction was valued at $385 million. Under the agree…
    11.22.05

  • SOCMA and EPA Sign Agreement

    The Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufac- turers Association (SOCMA) signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in June to coordinate the efforts of the Responsible Care program and EPA’s performance track pro…
    11.22.05

  • Cobe Chem Labs Expands Capabilities

    Cobe Chem Labs has expanded its production capabilities and operations to include a variety of color products with the launch of Cobe Color Cosmetics Inc. Cobe Color Cosmetics develops, formulates and manufactures a range of color cosmetics and othe…
    11.22.05