Baton Rouge, Louisiana -- Albemarle Corp. is to spend $65 million to expand its Orangeburg, South Carolina plants to support growing demand for flame retardants and other chemicals
One goal is to expand the manufacture of a new line of sustainable fire-safety solutions. The expansion will take place over the next 5 years and is expected to add 20 jobs.
Albemarle will add facilities to manufacture two new products in the company's Fine Chemistry Services business; GreenCrest, the company's latest addition to its Earthwise portfolio of eco-friendly fire safety solutions in the Polymer Solutions business; and expansion of its organometallic production unit to support the growing Polymer Catalysts business.
The group announced in May this year that it would cease making phosphorus-based FRs, but Albemarle still supplies a range of flame retardants for rigid and flexible polyurethane products.