0 In 1883 retired inventor John Bean set out to build a better insecticide spray pump. In 1884 Bean patents his high-pressure continuous action spray pump and sets up shop behind his house. In 1904 On May 20, the Bean Spray Pump Company is incorporated.
0 In 1928 stock for the newly renamed John Bean Manufacturing Company is introduced on the San Francisco Exchange on Sept. 14. On Oct. 1, the acquisitions of Anderson-Barngrover Co. and Sprague-Sells (canning machinery) make the Bean Company the world's largest food machinery manufacturer. A contest is held for a new company name; the winning entry is Food Machinery Corporation.
0 In 1943 FMC launches into the chemical business with the acquisition of Niagara Sprayer & Chemical Co. (insecticides and fungicides). In 1948 the company changes its name to Food Machinery and Chemical Corporation after the acquisition of Westvaco Chemical Corp. In 1961 Company name changes to FMC Corporation. FMC also went into interesting business like Defense (Bradley fighting machine, naval systems), Gold Mining, Tractors, lawn equipment, recreational vehicles and Street cleaners
0 In 2000 FMC announces plans to restructure the company into two separate, publicly traded companies - a machinery business (FMC Technologies) and a chemicals business (FMC Corporation). In December 31, 2001, FMC Corporation completes spin-off of FMC Technologies
Today, FMC Corporation is a global, diversified chemical company serving agricultural, industrial and specialty markets with innovative solutions, applications and products.