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Church & Dwight Starts Construction in Pennsylvania

October 7, 2008

Church & Dwight has started construction of its new Arm & Hammer laundry detergent manufacturing facility and distribution center in Jackson Township, PA. The facility will make and distribute Arm & Hammer brand liquid laundry detergent and laundry additives. The 1.1 million square foot facility is located on a 232-acre site located approximately 100 miles outside Philadelphia.

Church & Dwight named the facility, which will feature state-of-the-art design for energy use and waste reduction, after Robert A. Davies III, who served as chief executive officer from 1995 to 2004 and as chairman from 2001 to 2007.

“Today we begin work on a new facility with a truly state-of-the-art ‘green’ design, reflecting our company’s long-standing commitment to protecting the environment,” said chairman and chief executive officer James R. Craigie.

The sustainability goals for the facility include a 30% reduction in energy consumption, a 50% combined reduction in solid waste and industrial effluent from manufacturing operations and the use of renewable energy sources to supplement on-site needs.Construction is scheduled to end in late 2009.

In another move, Church & Dwight rolled out Arm & Hammer Essentials cleaners. The trio of products—cleaner and degreaser and multi-surface and glass cleaners—is made from plant-based and other biodegradable cleaners, but work as well as traditional cleaners and save consumers money, according to the company.

In addition, the line is housed in environmentally sensible packaging designed to reduce the amount of plastic waste that ends up in landfills.The cleaners use a refill system (reusable trigger spray bottle and replaceable cleaning concentrate cartridge), which uses 80% less packaging than traditional pre-filled cleaners, significantly reducing plastic waste and its impact on the environment.

Shoppers will buy a starter kit that consists of an empty, refillable trigger spray bottle and concentrate cartridge. At home they will fill the bottle with tap water and twist on the concentrate refill cartridge to clean. When they use up the cleaner, they can purchase refill cartridges that cost up to 25% less than traditional cleaners.

“These products were designed to help people clean green, offering them an environmentally sensible and powerful alternative to traditional cleaners,” said Bruce Tetreault, group product manager on Arm & Hammer Essentials.

More info: www.armandhammer-essentials.com
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