The GEON® Timeline
January 1, 1927
BFGoodrich scientist Waldo Semon produces the first usable vinyl polymer, marketed under the trade name “Geon”.
January 1, 1933
Waldo Semon granted US Patent for PVC (U.S. Patent No. 1929453).
January 1, 1943
The Goodrich Chemical Company is established and builds the first commercialized PVC plants.
January 1, 1948
BFGoodrich creates a vinyl plastic (PVC) division.
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.
January 1, 1988
Huntsman purchases 50% of Polycom. Company renamed Polycom-Huntsman.
January 1, 1991
BFGoodrich enters the PVC recycling business. Company introduces the first blow-molded bottles using recycled PVC.
January 1, 1993
BFGoodrich spun off its vinyl plastic division through a public offering, creating The Geon Company.
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.
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.
January 1, 1999
Geon acquires O’Sullivan Corporation, gaining manufacture of polymer films in automotive, medical and other markets.
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.
January 1, 2006
PolyOne acquires Ngai Hing PlastChem Company Ltd, operator of vinyl compounding plant in Dongguan, China.
January 1, 2013
PolyOne purchases Spartech. Polyolefins and contract manufacturing become part of Producer Services group.
January 1, 2019
SK Capital Partners purchases PVC, polyolefins and contract manufacturing business of PolyOne and GEON® Performance Solutions is created.