The GEON® Timeline

1927

1927

January 1, 1927

 

BFGoodrich scientist Waldo Semon produces the first usable vinyl polymer, marketed under the trade name “Geon”.

1933

1933

January 1, 1933

 

Waldo Semon granted US Patent for PVC (U.S. Patent No. 1929453).

1943

1943

January 1, 1943

 

The Goodrich Chemical Company is established and builds the first commercialized PVC plants.

1948

1948

January 1, 1948

 

BFGoodrich creates a vinyl plastic (PVC) division.

1977

1977

January 1, 1977

 

Polycom founded by Ralph Andy, producing polyolefins. First product is 20% talc-filled polypropylene for Harrison Radiator. Polycom also begins contract manufacturing for major OEMs.

1988

1988

January 1, 1988

 

Huntsman purchases 50% of Polycom. Company renamed Polycom-Huntsman.

1991

1991

January 1, 1991

 

BFGoodrich enters the PVC recycling business. Company introduces the first blow-molded bottles using recycled PVC.

1993

1993

January 1, 1993

BFGoodrich spun off its vinyl plastic division through a public offering, creating The Geon Company.

1997

1997

January 1, 1997

 

 

Geon acquires Synergistics Industries Limited, a maker of plastic compounds and liquid plasticizers used in consumer products, such as medical bottles, and construction materials, such as electrical wire and cable insulation and jacketing.

1998

1998

January 1, 1998

Spartech purchases Polycom-Huntsman, which becomes Spartech Polycom division


 

Geon combines its PVC business with that of Occidental Chemical Corporation to form the joint venture OxyVinyls.


Geon acquires five formulators of plastisols.

1999

1999

January 1, 1999

 

Geon acquires O’Sullivan Corporation, gaining manufacture of polymer films in automotive, medical and other markets.

2000

2000

January 1, 2000

 

PolyOne formed on August 31, 2000 from the merger between M.A. Hanna Company and The Geon Company. Becomes the world’s largest polymer company. PolyOne headquarters moves to Avon Lake, OH.

2006

2006

January 1, 2006

PolyOne acquires Ngai Hing PlastChem Company Ltd, operator of vinyl compounding plant in Dongguan, China.

2013

2013

January 1, 2013

 

PolyOne purchases Spartech. Polyolefins and contract manufacturing become part of Producer Services group.

2019

2019

January 1, 2019

 

SK Capital Partners purchases PVC, polyolefins and contract manufacturing business of PolyOne and GEON® Performance Solutions is created.