CP50: Olin Corp.

Company Information

Olin Corp. is a Clayton, Mo.-based manufacturer of chlor alkali products and Winchester-branded ammunition. The company was incorporated in 1892. It became the third-largest producer of chlor alkali products in North America after it purchased chemicals producer Pioneer Companies for approximately $415 million in 2007. The company's Chlor Alkali business segment manufactures chlorine and caustic soda, sodium hydrosulfite, hydrochloric acid, hydrogen, potassium hydroxide and bleach products. During the year ended December 31, 2007, chlor alkali products segment represented 66% of the total sales, according to Reuters.

Company Officers

  • joseph rupp

    Joseph Rupp

    Chairman, President and CEO

    Rupp, 57, has served as chairman of Olin since July 2005 and held the positions of president and CEO since January 2002. Prior to that and since March 2001, he was executive vice president of operations, and was responsible for all Olin business operations including the former Brass Division (which became part of the former Metals Group in 2002), Winchester and Chlor Alkali Products. He joined Olin’s brass division in 1972 and held a number of positions of increasing responsibility in the Brass Division manufacturing and engineering organization. In 1985, he was appointed vice president of manufacturing and engineering. He was appointed president of Olin Brass and a corporate vice president in 1996.

  • John Fischer

    Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

    Fischer re-joined Olin on January 2, 2004, as vice president of finance. On June 24, 2004, he was elected vice president of finance and controller, according to Reuters. Effective May 27, 2005, he was elected vice president and chief financial officer. From 1997 through 2001, he served as vice president and chief financial officer of Primex Technologies Inc. During 2002 and 2003, Fischer did independent consulting for several companies including Olin.

  • George Pain

    Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary

    George Pain re-joined Olin on April 15, 2002 as vice president of general counsel and secretary. Prior to that time, he served as vice president and general counsel of General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems Inc., an operating unit of General Dynamics Corp., according to Reuters.

Investor Information

For the latest financial reports, visit: http://www.olin.com

Contact Information

  • Olin Corp.
  • 190 Carondelet Plaza, Ste. 1530
  • Clayton, Mo. 63105-3443
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Products

Chlorine and caustic soda are co-produced commercially by the electrolysis of salt, according to Reuters. Chlorine is used as a raw material for several end uses, including vinyls, chlorinated intermediates, isocyanates and water treatment. Caustic soda is used in the pulp and paper industry as a bleaching agent and in the production of detergents and soaps, alumina and a range of other inorganic and organic chemicals. Electricity and salt are the purchased raw materials for the chlor alkali products segment. The company also manufactures and sells other chlor alkali-related products, including chemically processed salt, hydrochloric acid, sodium hypochlorite, hydrogen, sodium hydrosulfite, sodium chlorate and potassium hydroxide.