About the Company

About the Company

R.T. Vanderbilt Company, Inc. is announcing important business changes for 2013, including the completion of an expansion project and the development of new business-focused subsidiaries. To support the future growth and focus of the company, effective January 1, 2013, the company will reorganize its North American operations around three new wholly owned subsidiaries. The reorganized structure will introduce vertically integrated businesses better equipped to meet customer needs and position the company for market growth - both through mergers and acquisitions and organically. The new operating organizations will align the key customer facing functions (Sales, Customer Service, Technical Support and Supply Chain) under new business leaders to deliver more focused efforts on their respective markets and customer results. Non-customer facing functions (Treasury, Accounting, IT, Product Assurance and HR) will be organized as a shared services entity delivering improved effectiveness and efficiencies to its internal customers. These changes are expected to position each business group for market flexibility and stronger growth. R.T. Vanderbilt Holding Company's new organizational structure will allow us to concentrate and grow our businesses in our traditional areas of strength, including chemicals and minerals" commented President & COO Roger Price. "These changes will capture the momentum that our company has already seen in these markets, and provide new opportunities for us to demonstrate our commitments to providing unequaled value in our products and services. The reorganization will result in the following structural changes:
  • R. T. Vanderbilt Holding Company, Inc. - new parent company for all wholly owned subsidiaries listed below.
  • Vanderbilt Chemicals LLC - new operating entity that will include the North American operations of the company's manufactured and resale chemical business serving the Rubber, Plastics and Petroleum markets.
  • Vanderbilt Minerals LLC - new operating entity that will include the North American operations of the company's industrial and specialty minerals business serving the Life Sciences, Coatings, Ceramics and Agricultural markets.
  • Vanderbilt Global Services LLC - new shared services entity that will provide support to the operating businesses.
  • Vanderbilt Worldwide Ltd - an existing entity that will continue to provide marketing and technical support services to the Chemicals businesses in EMEA (Europe, Africa, Middle East and Russia).
  • Vanderbilt (Beijing) Trading Ltd - an existing China entity that will continue to provide marketing and technical support services to the Chemicals and Minerals businesses in China.
Senior leadership, ownership and the financial strength of R.T. Vanderbilt Holding Company,; Inc . will not change as a result of the reorganization, and the new business groups will operate as divisions within the overall company. Additionally, R.T. Vanderbilt's previously announced $30 million expansion project at the company's Murray, Kentucky chemical facility will be completed by the summer of 2013. Completion of this project will significantly increase capacity and capabilities for future growth of its chemical products and add automated packaging capabilities to the VEEGUM® product line. R.T. Vanderbilt, headquartered in Norwalk, CT, operates two chemical manufacturing plants in the U.S. in Bethel, CT, and Murray, KY and also is a distributor of chemicals and polymers for many large suppliers. The company additionally operates mines in various locations throughout the U.S. to provide kaolin clay, bentonite, pyrophyllite, wollastonite, and other processing aids for industrial and life science applications. The company, founded in 1916, recently celebrated its 96th anniversary.

Background

R. T. Vanderbilt Company opened its doors for business on 42nd Street in New York City in 1916. It was started by a 31-year-old named Robert Thurlow Vanderbilt who had $1,000 of his own, a $24,000 family loan, and a contract to sell clay for a company in the South. Since the paper industry was a prime market for clay, it was here that Robert Vanderbilt saw his Company begin to grow. His success led him to form R. T. Vanderbilt Company's first subsidiary, Continental Clay Company (now Dixie Clay Company) in South Carolina. However, while soft clay was geared to the needs of the paper industry, Continental Clay and North American Clay Company (of which Robert was a director) were also mining hard clays more suitable to the rubber industry. This introduced Vanderbilt to the rubber industry. And so the Company has grown from year to year until today we sell more than sixty categories of minerals and chemicals, made up of over 800 products, to twelve different industries: rubber, plastics, petroleum, paint, paper, pharmaceutical, agricultural, ceramics, adhesives, wire and cable, cosmetics, and household products. The Company now has seven wholly-owned subsidiaries operating chemical manufacturing plants in Connecticut and Kentucky, and mining and minerals processing facilities in New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Nevada, Arizona, California and Kentucky. In addition to our own minerals and chemicals, we distribute products of many distinguished companies under continuing contracts dating back to the mid-1920's. The Company employs 420 men and women, selling throughout the United States and in some 80 countries around the world. We expect our growth to continue. As long as we produce quality minerals and chemicals and render a useful service to our customers, there will always be a market for the products of R.T. Vanderbilt Holding Company, Inc.