Ingevity's business originated as part of the operations of its initial parent company, Westvaco Corporation, a paper and packaging company, using co-products of the kraft pulping process, primarily crude tall oil ("CTO"), and lignin, as well as hardwood sawdust from lumber manufacturing. Ingevity operated as a division of Westvaco Corporation and its corporate successors, including MeadWestvaco Corporation and WestRock Company, since 1964.
On May 15, 2016, we completed the separation of Ingevity from WestRock Company ("WestRock") (herein referred to as the "Separation"). The Separation was completed by way of a distribution of all of the then outstanding shares of common stock of Ingevity through a dividend in kind of Ingevity's common stock (par value $0.01) to holders of record of WestRock common stock (par value $0.01) as of the close of business on May 4, 2016 (the "Record Date"). Ingevity's common stock began "regular-way" trading on the New York Stock Exchange ("NYSE") on May 16, 2016 under the symbol "NGVT."
Ingevity Corporation was incorporated in Delaware on March 27, 2015. The address of Ingevity's principal executive offices is 5255 Virginia Avenue, North Charleston, South Carolina 29406. Ingevity maintains a website at www.ingevity.com. Ingevity's website and the information contained in or connected to the website will not be deemed to be incorporated in this document.