VWR International Company History Timeline

1852
Avantor acquires VWR founded in 1852.
In 1852, he bought out his partners' share, and renamed his store E.H. Sargent Company.
1875
Four years later, he moved from the northern edge of what was later to become downtown Chicago, rebuilt, and published his first catalog in 1875 - the first recorded attempt at mail order solicitation in the laboratory supply business.
1889
In 1889, Sargent incorporated his business in Illinois.
1904
When it was founded in 1904, the J.T.Baker Chemical Company had 20 employees in Phillipsburg, New Jersey.
1906
In 1906 Welch moved to Chicago and incorporated the W.M. Welch Manufacturing Company.
1960
In 1960, Welch changed its name to the Welch Scientific Company, moved its headquarters to Skokie, Illinois and offered its stock to the public the following year.
1968
Partnering for Science Selection and Value In 1968, E. H. Sargent Company and the Welch Scientific Company merged under the name Sargent-Welch Scientific Company, thereby forming one of the nation's leading suppliers of science education products.
1985
Avantor merges with NuSil founded in 1985.
1989
In early 1989, the Welch Manufacturing Division was sold, and in August 1989, Sargent-Welch was purchased by VWR International, LLC, and became a 100 science education supply business.
1995
In September, 1995, VWR completed their purchase of Baxter's Industrial division, creating a much larger company.
2004
In 2004, VWR became a limited partnership controlled by investment firm Clayton, Dubilier Rice.
2007
In 2007, CD R sold VWR to another private equity company, Madison Dearborn Partners.
2011
On June 1, 2011 VWR International acquired BioExpress Corp formerly ISC BioExpress , raising concerns of monopolization of the laboratory supplies sector along with Thermo Fisher Scientific.
2014
On October 2, 2014, VWR's IPO raised 536 million, valuing the value of the company at close to 5 billion.
2017
On November 21, 2017, Avantor completed its acquisition of VWR.
In 2017, the Bridgewater Innovation Center was opened as a technology-driven research and collaboration environment where Avantor experts work closely with customers to solve science s most difficult challenges.
Founded
1852
Company Founded
Headquarters
Radnor, PA
Company Headquarter

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