| New York Stock Exchange: SCL
Stepan Co. manufactures and sells chemicals that are used in consumer products and industrial applications. The Surfactants segment are chemical agents which are used in consumer and industrial cleaning products such as detergents for washing clothes, dishes, carpets, floors and walls, as well as shampoos, body washes, toothpastes and fabric softeners. Other applications include germicidal quaternary compounds, lubricating ingredients, emulsifiers (for spreading agricultural products), plastics and composites and biodiesel. The Polymers segment includes two primary product lines: Polyols and Phthalic anhydride. Polyols are used in the manufacture of rigid laminate insulation board and panels for thermal insulation in the construction industry and are also a base raw material for flexible foams and coatings, adhesives, sealants and elastomers. Phthalic anhydride is used in unsaturated polyester resins, alkyd resins and plasticizers for applications in construction materials and components of automotive, boating and other consumer products. In addition, phthalic anhydride is used internally in the production of polyols. The Specialty segment includes flavors, emulsifiers and solubilizers used in the food and pharmaceutical industries. The company was founded by Alfred C. Stepan, Jr. in 1932 and is headquartered in Northfield, IL.