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1982 Nalco product used in space flight

Nalco’s 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.

1983 Nalco builds new headquarters

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

1984 Champion produces ethylene oxide derivatives

Fresno, Texas plant upgrades enable the manufacture of ethylene oxide derivatives.

1985 Nalco develops forerunner to emergency act

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 forms Petroleum Chemicals Division

Nalco consolidates groups from the Energy Chemicals Division and Oil Field Services Division to form a new Petroleum Chemicals Division headquartered in Sugar Land, Texas. The new Petroleum Chemicals Division includes Visco Chemicals, Refinery Process Chemicals, Additives, Adomite Chemicals and Gas and Oil Handling Chemicals Groups.

1989 Nalco hits $1 billion sales milestone

Nalco’s sales top $1 billion.

1990 Champion name change

Champion Chemicals, Inc. changes its name to Champion Technologies.

1995 Nalco and Exxon Chemical Company form NEEC

Combining the best of both companies, Nalco and Exxon Chemical Company announce the formation of Nalco/Exxon Energy Chemicals, L.P. (NEEC) to provide products and services to all facets of the petroleum and natural gas industries.

1996 Champion acquires Blacksmith

Champion acquires Blacksmith Chemical Services, Ltd.

1997 Corsicana Technologies formed

Permian Mud Service, Inc. acquires Jetco Chemicals and rebrands it as Corsicana Technologies.

1998 Nalco achieves sales record

Nalco reports 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.

1999 “A new Nalco” after merger

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”.

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