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Q: SIC Code ( Answered 3 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: SIC Code
Category: Business and Money > Small Businesses
Asked by: tiptemp-ga
List Price: $20.00
Posted: 17 May 2005 16:32 PDT
Expires: 16 Jun 2005 16:32 PDT
Question ID: 522753
Is there a FREE web site that can provide me with SIC for most companies?
I know of D&B and others you have to subscribe. I only interested in
finding SIC codes.

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 17 May 2005 17:11 PDT
Just to confirm...Is it ONLY SIC codes that you're interested in?  Or
would a site that gives you an industry category -- e.g. "IBM --
Industry: Electronic Computers" -- meet your needs?


Clarification of Question by tiptemp-ga on 18 May 2005 03:31 PDT
I need to populate our existing database field with SIC code.  Thanks
for your reply.

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 18 May 2005 04:45 PDT

af40-ga has given you a pretty good source in the comments (below). 
From what I can see, it will give you an SIC for most public
companies, but not for private ones.

Does this meet your needs, or do you need private companies as well? 
And if so, what kind of companies?

I'm asking because I know of a database that has SIC codes for mostly
manufacutering firms, but for, e.g. banks or other non-manufacturers.

Let me know.


Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 18 May 2005 06:41 PDT
Correction:  <<...but NOT for, e.g. banks or other non-manufacturers...>>

Clarification of Question by tiptemp-ga on 23 May 2005 21:11 PDT
I operate a small distrubtion business and have been given the task by
an outside consultant to determine SIC codes for our client database. 
Clients are mostly small to midsize private business. research labs,
manufacturers, transportation, food service, and medical industries to
name a few. Public companies may represent 10% of our business.

I would be satisfied with your response to obtain mostly manufacturers.

thank you

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 02 Jun 2005 14:56 PDT
Sorry for the delay in getting back to you.

I found access to two databases that have SIC codes for all companies
that have environmental permits (which is a great many companies,
especially in the manufacturing, transportation, laboratory, and
medical facilities sectors.

The databases are available online, but lookups are essentially one
company at a time...type in the name, and pull up their record (if
they're in the database).  The record includes SIC codes.

Will this meet your needs?


Clarification of Question by tiptemp-ga on 03 Jun 2005 09:40 PDT
Hello pafalafa,

Yes, that should help witht a large percentage of my needs.

Subject: Re: SIC Code
Answered By: pafalafa-ga on 03 Jun 2005 10:07 PDT
Rated:3 out of 5 stars

Thanks for getting back to me.

USEPA has two (fairly) easy-to-use databases that can search for
facilities by name across a lot of EPA's programs, and return
information about the company, including SIC codes.

The first is here:
Enforcement & Compliance History Online (ECHO) 

Enter the company (partial names are OK) in the "Facility Name" box.

If the company is likely to have a lot of operations around the
country, you may want to narrow things down to a particular state or
zip code using the "Geographic Location" check-offs.

To be on the safe side, also click on "Include Minor Facilities" way
at the bottom of the page.

Then click on search (back up near the top).  If the company is in the
database, it will return a search results page with the company listed
in a clickable format.  Click on the company name, and you'll get a
full page of information on the firm, including SIC code (on the
right, under "Facility Characteristics".

The other database MAY be worth checking, if a company doesn't show up
in ECHO, but be warned -- this system is often v-e-r-y  s-l-o-w, and
can sometimes be more trouble than it's worth.

You can find it here:
Envirofacts Facility Tables 

Enter a facility name as indicated, and click on 'search' near the
page bottom, and then go get a cup of coffee.

Same deal as before -- if its in the system, it will show up in
results, and you can then click on it for a great deal of information,
including both SIC and NAICS codes.

Hope that does the trick.  But before rating this answer, please let
me know if there's anything else you need.  Just post a Request for
Clarification, and I'm at your service.  Also, I'd be curious to know
how this works out for you, so if you have a moment, please let me



search strategy -- Used existing bookmarks for facility databases.
tiptemp-ga rated this answer:3 out of 5 stars
Great service! Thank you for your time.  I'll be back with more questions.

Subject: Re: SIC Code
From: af40-ga on 17 May 2005 22:41 PDT
If you want the SIC, and possibly more information too, the following
site may be of use:

Once there, type in a business name in the search query, and then
click on the appropriate link. If you have a ticker symbol, your task
is even easier. Say, for example, you want to search Nortel Networks. 
The ticker symbol is NT. The general link for any stock, with ticker,

After the "=" you type the stock symbol, in this case NT. So, for example:

This will show you a company profile along with a listing of the
company's SIC code.

Note that the SIC has been superceded by the NAICS code. You can
inter-convert between the two here:

The following site allows you to perform a SIC search by keywords. It
doesn't quite give you the SIC by company name, but you may find it to
be a useful supplement (perhaps as a tool for cross-referencing your
SIC information obtained from the above site):

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