Life without salt would not only be bland but slippery; thankfully, Morton Salt produces the grains in bulk and in shaker. It's the #1 consumer salt maker in the US, marketed to industrial and retail customers under a big umbrella held by a girl in a yellow dress logo. In addition to household grocery staples (table, kosher, and canning salt), Morton makes consumer and professional salt for controlling ice on roads, conditioning water, as well as salt for the foodservice and food-manufacturing industries. The company extends its reach through Canadian Salt Company's Windsor brand. Morton, owned by agrichemical giant K+S, operates as part of its parent's salt business, which generates about a third of all sales.
The integration of Morton, acquired in fall 2009 from Rohm and Hass for $1.7 billion, has fueled both the sales and earnings of K+S. Morton's contribution is attributable, in part, to K+S' decision not incur the traditional acquisition costs of closing sites and eliminating redundancies. Few operational overlaps exist between Morton and its parent's salt business. Other benefits include an expanded distribution and logistics network across three continents for supplying salt in response to weather-related events.
More significant, the purchase of Morton made K+S the worlds #1 producer of salt, and owner of one of the 10 best-known brands in North America. Morton salt is sold in almost every supermarket on the continent. Its application spans a range of needs. With the popularity of high-end cooking both at home and in restaurants, its sea salt is top-seller. Morton is also in demand as a dishwasher salt, as well as water softener, pool salt, and de-icing salt.
Founded in 1848 in Chicago and still headquartered there, Morton owns and operates six rock-salt mines, seven solar-salt plants, and 10 evaporated-salt plants, along with 62 warehouses and 61 distribution centers. The company has an annual salt-production capacity of about 14 million tons. – less