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Emerald Kalama Chemical Announces Further K-Flex Expansion Plans


Will dedicate an additional reactor for production and R&D this fall

On the heels of a two-day ribbon cutting event to inaugurate its newly expanded facility in Kalama, WA, Emerald Kalama Chemical - a business group of Emerald Performance Materials – announced further plans to increase capacity for its K-FLEX non-phthalate plasticizers and coalescents. The company has already doubled its U.S. capacity for the K-FLEX line at its Kalama facility since 2011 and will dedicate an additional reactor for production and R&D this fall to accommodate needs for increased manufacturing and product development.

According to Edward Gotch, president of Emerald Kalama Chemical, the execution of its latest expansion was a success.

“This business has completed a major project or acquisition every year since the company was formed in 2006,” Mr. Gotch said. “Our growth will accelerate going forward to align with our strategy of expanding as an innovative leader in this key platform. With ten new product concepts active in our R&D pipeline the new large, semi-works reactor will support product and customer scale-up. It will also provide an additional 10 million pounds of capacity to support production needs. Future expansions are planned in the U.S., Europe and Asia.”

“The long hours, hard work, skill and expertise needed to successfully reach this momentous landmark in our expansion, while also meeting all codes and standards, exemplifies our continued dedication to growth, ingenuity and teamwork,” said Jarrod Kocin, Emerald Kalama Chemical plant manager. “At the height of construction, there were up to 90 contractor personnel on-site, and as much as 6.4 miles of pipe, 140 tons of constructional steel and 1200 cubic yards of concrete were used, not to mention the number of valves, pumps and motors that were installed.”