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Bayer Corporation
Type Subsidiary
Founded 1863
Headquarters Flag of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.svg Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Key people Greg Babe, President and CEO
Industry Pharmaceuticals
Products prescription drugs
nutritional supplements
diagnostic products
veterinary products
Revenue $27.38 billion USD (2004)
Employees 315,000 (2004)
Parent Bayer AG

Bayer Corporation (also known as Bayer USA) is the Pittsburgh-based American arm of Bayer. Its headquarters are located in Robinson, a Western suburb of the city. In addition to these main offices, it has 30 additional corporate centers in 17 states from California to Georgia to Massachusetts.

Bayer began marketing in America soon after the company's inception in Germany. In the late 1800s, they began to sell their trademark medication, aspirin. While the name aspirin became synonymous with Bayer for over a quarter of a century, the company lost the naming right during World War I, due to the company's German origin. Bayer returned to the United States in 1978 with the purchases of Miles Laboratories and Cutter Laboratories, which returned some of the company's most famous products (Alka-Seltzer, One-A-Day, etc.) to their corporate umbrella. In 1994, Bayer finally reacquired full rights to all former Bayer products after they purchased the Winthrop division of over-the-counter drugs from GlaxoSmithKline. Bayer bought the former Ruco Polymer site in Hicksville, N.Y., and utilized rail freight service by the New York & Atlantic Railway, which took over the LIRR's freight business in May, 1997. Bayer subsequently shut down the plant and razed all structures on the property. The rail freight spur by which the LIRR and then the New York & Atlantic served the site is still in existence, a few feet east of the New South Road rail/road crossing. It has been quite a long time since the spur has hosted a train. The NYA has kept the spur in existence in order to ship out contaminated soil in sealed gondolas and containers, if and when a remediation plan is settled on by the NYS and US governments.

Famous Bayer over-the-counter products include Aleve, Bayer Aspirin, Alka-Seltzer, Phillip's Laxatives, Bactine, One-A-Day, Flintstone Vitamins, and Midol. The company also markets prescription medications, animal medications, and diagnostic and medical testing equipment. Aside from the medical arm of the company, Bayer also creates many different chemicals and agricultural products.

Bayer USA subsidiaries

  • Bayer Crop Science LLC
  • Bayer Healthcare LLC
  • Bayer MaterialScience LLC
  • Bayer Business and Technology Services LLC

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