A Historical Look at Olin, a Globally Recognized Corporation:

  • 1892

    Founding

    OLIN CORP Founded in East Alton, IL by Frank W. Olin to provide blasting powder to Midwestern coal mines

    MATHIESON CHEMICAL CORP Founded in Saltville, VA by a group of U.S. businessmen, including Thomas Mathieson, to produce soda ash

  • 1896

    Building

    MATHIESON CHEMICAL CORP Built first Chlor Alkali plant in U.S.

  • 1898

    Forming

    OLIN CORP Formed Western Cartridge Company to manufacture small arms ammunition

  • 1909

    Introducing

    MATHIESON CHEMICAL CORP Introduced first commercial production of liquefied chlorine

    First one ton chlorine containers, 1910

  • 1931

    Acquiring

    OLIN CORP Acquired Winchester Repeating Arms

    Am I allowed to use photos from the Winchester site?

  • 1940s - 1950s

    Growing

    MATHIESON CHEMICAL CORP Built plants in Lake Charles, LA, and McIntosh, AL; bought Squibb

  • 1954

    Merged to create the

    OLIN MATHIESON CHEMICAL CORPORATION

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  • 1950s - 1960s

    Expanding

    Entered into phosphates, brass, urethanes, TDI, skis, camping equipment and homebuilding businesses; expand paper and forestry businesses

  • 1970s - 2000s

    Consolidating

    Consolidated back to core businesses; spin offs include forest products (Olinkraft), military ordnance (Primex) and specialty chemicals (Arch); sold aluminum, TDI, urethanes and Squibb businesses

  • 2007

    Selling

    Acquired Pioneer Companies Inc. and sold the brass business, resulting in a company similar in businesses to that which existed in the late 1890s

  • 2012

    Distributing

    Acquired K.A. Steel Chemicals Inc., distributor of caustic soda and the largest seller of bleach in the Midwest

  • 2015

    Leading

    Acquired DowDuPont’s (formerly known as The Dow Chemical Company) North American Chlor Alkali and Vinyl, Global Chlorinated Organics and Global Epoxy businesses

  • 2017

    Investing

    100 consecutive years on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: OLN)

  • Acquisition made Olin the world's number one chlorine producer