History

Key Moments in CF History

Chemistry enables us to convert natural gas into nitrogen products, but it also represents the hallmarks of our 70-year history: growth, evolution and a world of new possibilities. We never sit still, embracing the transformation inherent in chemistry from one state to another.

That sort of positive change, grounded in our values, has always defined our track record of success.

That's how we've transformed from a member-owned cooperative for the first 60 years of our existence to a financially successful publicly traded company today. From a company founded to purchase fertilizer for its owners to a leader in nitrogen manufacturing . From a regional focus to a global perspective. 

We’re proud of our history, and the legacy we’ve already established. But we’re even more excited by what’s ahead of us and the dynamic future that awaits.

At CF, our story is still being written.

To complete Donaldsonville and Port Neal expansion projects.

2016

Expected completion of our capacity expansion projects at our Donaldsonville, Louisiana, and Port Neal, Iowa, nitrogen complexes. Once done, we’ll have increased our nitrogen capacity by more than 25 percent, and our Donaldsonville facility will be the world’s largest nitrogen complex.
Launch of strategic venture with CHS, Inc.

2016

Launch of our strategic venture with CHS, Inc., the nation’s leading farmer-owned cooperative. The venture includes a supply agreement under which CHS is entitled to purchase up to 1.7 million tons of granular urea and UAN annually, as well as an equity investment whereby CHS invested $2.8 billion in a CF subsidiary.
New granular urea plant start-up at the Donaldsonville Nitrogen Complex.

2015

Start-up of the new granular urea plant at our Donaldsonville Nitrogen Complex. This is the first plant to be commissioned and started-up as part of CF’s major capacity expansion projects in North America, and it is the first new world-scale urea plant to be completed in North America since 1998.
Acquisition of remaining interests in the GrowHow UK Limited joint venture.

2015

Acquisition of the outstanding interests we did not already own in the GrowHow UK Limited joint venture. For the first time, we expanded fully into the United Kingdom market, where we operate as CF Fertilisers UK Limited.
Complete $1.4 billion sale of phosphate mining operations to The Mosaic Company.

2014

Completion of the sale of our phosphate mining and manufacturing operations to the Mosaic Company for $1.4 billion. With the sale, we became focused exclusively on nitrogen products.
Acquire outstanding interests not already owned in Canadian Fertilizers, Ltd. (CFL)

2013

Acquisition of all the outstanding interests we did not already own in Canadian Fertilizers, Ltd. (CFL). CFL is our Medicine Hat (Alberta) Nitrogen Complex, the second largest nitrogen plant in North America.
Acquisition of Terra Industries Inc.

2010

Acquisition of Terra Industries Inc. The acquisition brought into CF our Courtright (Ontario), Port Neal (Iowa), Verdigris (Oklahoma), Woodward (Oklahoma) and Yazoo City (Mississippi) nitrogen complexes. As a result, we became a nitrogen bellwether, and we positioned ourselves for global success.
Begin trading common stock of CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (NYSE; CF).

2005

Common stock of CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CF) began trading on the New York Stock Exchange on August 11.
Company exited the potash distribution business.

2000

Complete expansion of Donaldsonville Nitrogen Complex.

1998

Expansion of Donaldsonville Nitrogen Complex complete. This project would include the last world-scale urea plant completed in North America for 17 years.
Operations begin at Medicine Hat Nitrogen Complex joint venture.

1976

Name changed from Central Farmers to CF Industries.

1970

Donaldsonville Nitrogen Complex begins production of ammonia.

1966

The Donaldsonville Nitrogen Complex, today the world's largest, first produced ammonia in December of 1966. Construction of the plant was completed in 1969.
Begin association with Plant City, Florida, phosphate plant.

1965

Added potash to our product line.

1958

Began construction of a phosphate complex in Idaho.

1955

Company purchased interest in a nitrogen manufacturing complex.

1954

Company purchased interest in a nitrogen manufacturing complex. The investment marked our first step into manufacturing, rather than just purchasing, fertilizer.
The Central Farmers Fertilizer Company was founded to supply fertilizer for its members.

1946