Chemical Firm to Open $179M “Eco-Friendly” Production Site

October 30, 2017

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Chemical Firm to Open $179M “Eco-Friendly” Production Site

Ohio-based chemical maker WhiteRock Pigments plans to open a $179 million production facility in Hawesville, KY, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin’s office announced in a Oct. 26 press release.

WhiteRock said the 305,000-sq-ft former Alcoa facility’s opening is scheduled for April 2020, creating 124 jobs as it becomes operational.

The governor’s press release described the firm’s proprietary manufacturing process for chemicals as “eco-friendly.” Leon Polott, president of WhiteRock, told Murray State University National Public Radio (NPR) affiliate WKMS that chemicals, like titanium dioxide, will be produced at the site using an enclosed system.

“It is a chemical process, but our process is such that it does not require remediation. It does not put any additional stuff out in the air or the ground,” Polott said in the station’s report.

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