About Chattem

If it's a well known cream, oil, paste, pill, or powder it's likely that Chattem owns that brand name. The  Sanofi subsidiary markets some two-dozen over-the-counter branded personal care products and dietary supplements, including skin care and pain treatments such as Aspercreme, Cortizone-10, Icy Hot muscle pain reliever, and Pamprin menstrual symptom reliever. The company also makes the Unisom sleep aid, medicated powder Gold Bond, Bullfrog sunscreen, Mudd clay-based facial masks, and Selsun Blue dandruff shampoo. Chattem sells its products to wholesalers and retail merchandisers.

Operations

Chattem products are focused on niche markets neglected by larger consumer product and pharmaceutical companies. It uses extensive advertising to market its products and sell them through a national sales and distribution network to mass merchandisers, retailers, and drug stores. Wal-Mart, Walgreen, and food retailer Kroger comprise about three-quarters of Chattem's US sales.

Strategy

As part of the French drug-making giant Sanofi, Chattem has access to markets around the world, especially emerging markets. Chattem has become the main consumer health unit for the French company in the US, where Sanofi had lacked a strong direct presence in the OTC market. Chattem also provides a platform for converting prescription medications into OTC products, such as Sanofi's popular Allegra allergy drug.

Pre-acquisition, almost all of Chattem's sales (about 95%) came from inside the US, but it sold some product lines in Canada, Europe, and Latin America. Being owned by Sanofi helps the company with its effort to increase marketing in international markets, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, and the UK.

Ownership

The company was acquired in 2010 by Sanofi through a nearly $2 billion tender offer.

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Team Leader, Chattanooga, TN - September 2, 2014
the typical day at work is when I have a big run
I have learned that it take time to learn everything
management work with you and help you when you need it
my co-workers some nice people to work with
there is no hard part of my job
is the people

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Headquarters
1715 W. 38th St.
Chattanooga TN, United States 37409
Revenue
$25M to $100M (USD)
Employees
501 to 1,000
Industry
Links
Chattem website