Amvac Chemical Corporation

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AMVAC Chemical Corporation is a chemical company founded in 1945 that manufactures products including "plant growth regulators, botanical insecticides, insecticides, herbicides, corn soil insecticides, fungicides, molluscicides, public health insecticides, cotton defoliants, repellents, non-crop insecticides, soil fumigants, non-crop fungicides, and soil fumigants," according to Bloomberg BusinessWeek.[1] It is a subsidiary of American Vanguard Corporation, a publicly-traded (AVD:New York) international company headquartered in Newport Beach, California manufacturing products including "insecticides, fungicides, herbicides, molluscicides, growth regulators, and soil fumigants in liquid, powder, and granular forms."[2] Like its parent company, AMVAC's CEO and Chairman is Eric G. Wintemute.[3] The parent company American Vanguard had $366.2 in revenue in 2012.[4]

Funding for Front Group ACSH

AMVAC gave $5,000 to the American Council on Science and Health (ACSH) in the second half of 2012, according to documents leaked to Mother Jones and published in October 2013.[5] Consumer advocate Ralph Nader once said called ACSH "a consumer front organization for its business backers. It has seized the language and style of the existing consumer organizations, but its real purpose, you might say, is to glove the hand that feeds it."[6]

EPA Issues a "Stop Sale, Use or Removal Order" on AMVAC Product

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a Stop Sale, Use or Removal Order (SSURO) to American Vanguard Corporation (AMVAC) and AMVAC Chemical Corporation for potential violations of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) in August 2010. Laboratory analysis of AMVAC's registered pesticide product, Technical Grade PCNB 95% -- a pentachloronitrobenzene product primarily used as a fungicide on food crops as well as a seed treatment -- "revealed the presence of highly toxic impurities EPA considers to be of toxicological significance."[7]



Eric G. Wintemute has been AMVAC's CEO and Chairman since July 1994. In 2013, Wintemute received a salary of $592,000 in addition to $300,000 in bonuses totaling to a compensation of $892,000. Factoring in the fair market value of stock options granted, Wintermute received an additional $503,700. Along with other long-term compensation, Bloomberg BusinessWeek calculates his 2013 total compensation as $1,997,958.[8]

Wintemute has also been Chairman of the Board of CropLife America, Inc. and a Director of Tyra Tech Inc. and R.W. Greeff & Co.[8]

Executive Management

As of July 2014:[3]

  • Eric G. Wintemute, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, President, Chairman of American Vanguard, Chief Executive Officer of American Vanguard and President of American Vanguard
  • David T. Johnson, Chief Financial Officer
  • Robert F. Gilbane, President of Gemchem
  • Timothy J. Donnelly, Esq., Chief Administrative Officer, Vice President, Corporate Secretary and General Counsel
  • Glen D. Johnson, Senior Vice President and Director of Business Development

Board of Directors

As of July 2014, Directors of American Vanguard Corporation include:[3]

  • Eric G. Wintemute, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
  • Lawrence S. Clark (Legend Pictures, LLC), Member of the Board of Directors
  • John Killmer, Ph.D. (American Vanguard Corp.), Member of the Board of Directors
  • Alfred F. Ingulli (Crompton Manufacturing Company Inc.), Member of the Board of Directors
  • M. Esmail Zirakparvar, Ph.D. (American Vanguard Corp.), Member of the Board of Directors
  • Morton D. Erlich (American Vanguard Corp.), Member of the Board of Directors
  • Carl Soderlind (American Vanguard Corp.), Member of the Board of Directors
  • Debra Edwards (American Vanguard Corp.), Member of the Board of Directors
  • Scott Baskin (American Vanguard Corp.), Member of the Board of Directors

Contact Information

4100 East Washington Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90023
Phone: (323) 264-3910
Fax: (323) 268-1028

Resources and Articles

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External Resources


  1. Company Overview of AMVAC Chemical Corporation, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, accessed July 2014.
  2. American Vanguard Corp (AVD:New York), Bloomberg BusinessWeek, accessed July 2014.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 AMVAC Chemical Corporation: People, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, accessed July 2014.
  4. American Vanguard Corporation: Financials, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, accessed July 2014.
  5. Andy Kroll and Jeremy Schulman, Leaked Documents Reveal the Secret Finances of a Pro-Industry Science Group, Mother Jones, October 28, 2013.
  6. Mark Megalli, Andy Friedman, Masks of Deception: Corporate Front Groups in America (Essential Information), 1991, p. 23.
  7. U.S Environmental Protection Agency, American Vanguard Corporation Order, governmental agency press release, August 12, 2010.
  8. 8.0 8.1 American Vanguard Corp: Eric G Wintemute, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, accessed July 2014.
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