Kemira Makes Significant Investment in Mobile Facility
The Business View – April 2019 / News You Can Use
Kemira, a leading global polymer producer serving the pulp and paper, oil and gas, and water treatment industries, plans to invest $70.8 million in its Mobile facility. The company uses chemistry to add optimal quality, functionality and strength to paper and board products, ensure the safety and hygiene of water and food packaging and maximize yield from energy resources.
The project will create an additional 20 jobs, growing Kemira’s workforce by 32 percent, to handle new process operations, increased logistics and support functions at the site.
Richard Ryder, Kemira’s Mobile plant manager, said construction will begin this year on the project, which will be operational in 2021. “We are expanding on our current footprint and will significantly increase production to meet our customers’ demand in the oil and gas industry,” he said.
“There has been significant growth in the area’s manufacturing and chemical sectors, whose companies historically provide high paying jobs for our community. I look forward to seeing what the future holds for Kemira as they continue to excel in Mobile,” said Shelby Glover, the Mobile Area Chamber’s senior project manager of economic development.
“This expansion by Kemira is about more than just jobs – it’s about a global company reinvesting in our city and renewing a relationship that dates back more than 80 years. When existing businesses are thriving in combination with new jobs and investment, that’s a winning formula,” said City of Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson.
“We are very excited about Kemira’s decision to expand operations in Mobile County to meet customer demand. Their additional $70 million capital investment and 20 jobs further demonstrate Mobile’s growing attraction for foreign direct investment,” said Mobile County Commission President Connie Hudson.
The existing site first opened in 1938, initially focused on the area’s lumber and pulp and paper businesses. Mobile is one of three Kemira facilities in the United States, with the others in Columbus, Ga., and Aberdeen, Miss. Kemira’s parent company, Kemira Oyj, is based in Helsinki, Finland, with its American headquarters in Atlanta.
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