Major Group: 28—Chemicals And Allied Products

This major group includes establishments producing basic chemicals, and establishments manufacturing products by predominantly chemical processes. Establishments classified in this major group manufacture three general classes of products: (1) basic chemicals, such as acids, alkalies, salts, and organic chemicals; (2) chemical products to be used in further manufacture, such as synthetic fibers, plastics materials, dry colors, and pigments; and (3) finished chemical products to be used for ultimate consumption, such as drugs, cosmetics, and soaps; or to be used as materials or supplies in other industries, such as paints, fertilizers, and explosives. The mining of natural alkalies and other natural potassium, sodium, and boron compounds, of natural rock salt, and of other natural chemicals and fertilizers are classified in Mining, Industry Group 147. Establishments primarily engaged in manufacturing nonferrous metals and high-percentage ferroalloys are classified in Major Group 33; those manufacturing silicon carbide are classified in Major Group 32; those manufacturing baking powder, other leavening compounds, and starches are classified in Major Group 20; and those manufacturing artists' colors are classified in Major Group 39. Establishments primarily engaged in packaging, repackaging, and bottling of purchased chemical products, but not engaged in manufacturing chemicals and allied products, are classified in Wholesale or Retail Trade industries.

Codes Titles Number of US Businesses
Industry Group 281: Industrial Inorganic Chemicals
2812Alkalies and Chlorine179
2813Industrial Gases1,359
2816Inorganic Pigments167
2819Industrial Inorganic Chemicals, Not Elsewhere Classified2,292
Industry Group 282: Plastics Materials And Synthetic Resins, Synthetic Rubber, Cellulosic And Other Manmade Fibers, Except Glass
2821Plastics Materials, Synthetic Resins, and Nonvulcanizable Elastomers1,956
2822Synthetic Rubber (Vulcanizable Elastomers)248
2823Cellulosic Manmade Fibers37
2824Manmade Organic Fibers, Except Cellulosic208
Industry Group 283: Drugs
2833Medicinal Chemicals and Botanical Products1,132
2834Pharmaceutical Preparations5,883
2835In Vitro and In Vivo Diagnostic Substances922
2836Biological Products, Except Diagnostic Substances1,838
Industry Group 284: Soap, Detergents, And Cleaning Preparations; Perfumes, Cosmetics, And Other Toilet Preparations
2841Soap and Other Detergents, Except Specialty Cleaners1,126
2842Specialty Cleaning, Polishing, and Sanitation Preparations1,889
2843Surface Active Agents, Finishing Agents, Sulfonated Oils, and Assistants178
2844Perfumes, Cosmetics, and Other Toilet Preparations3,559
Industry Group 285: Paints, Varnishes, Lacquers, Enamels, And Allied Products
2851Paints, Varnishes, Lacquers, Enamels, and Allied Products2,150
Industry Group 286: Industrial Organic Chemicals
2861Gum and Wood Chemicals85
2865Cyclic Organic Crudes and Intermediates, and Organic Dyes and Pigments298
2869Industrial Organic Chemicals, Not Elsewhere Classified3,738
Industry Group 287: Agricultural Chemicals
2873Nitrogenous Fertilizers460
2874Phosphatic Fertilizers102
2875Fertilizers, Mixing Only518
2879Pesticides and Agricultural Chemicals, Not Elsewhere Classified864
Industry Group 289: Miscellaneous Chemical Products
2891Adhesives and Sealants1,222
2892Explosives217
2893Printing Ink597
2895Carbon Black53
2899Chemicals and Chemical Preparations, Not Elsewhere Classified3,306