History
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Vertellus is a progressive, modern company committed to providing value to our customers through leading technology and contemporary business systems and processes. The company was formed in July of 2006 by merging Reilly Industries and Rutherford Chemicals. Our rich history has been built upon the foundations that were established as early as 1857 when H.J. Baker began processing castor oil. Key milestones include predecessor Reilly Tar & Chemical Corp.'s breakthrough in the 1940s and '50s to produce synthetic pyridine and pyridine derivatives, which were crucial to the development and production of synthetic tires during World War II when natural rubber was in short supply. Today, Vertellus continues to be a leading provider of specialty chemicals for the agriculture, nutrition, pharmaceutical and medical, personal care, plastics, coatings and industrial markets. The Agriculture and Nutrition Specialties business is the global market leader in pyridine and picolines and the world’s number two producer of Vitamin B3. The Specialty Materials business practices a broad basket of complex technologies manufacturing biomaterials, CPC biocides, pyridine derivatives, DEET, Sulfones, EMA co-polymers, Alkenyl Succinic Anhydrides, reducing agents and a host of natural and renewable chemistries based on castor and citrates. The business specializes in developing and producing fine chemicals and intermediates for sophisticated chemistries as well as systems and additives that enhance the physical properties of customer end use formulations.






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