Arizona Chemical Streamlines Production


Arizona Chemical Co. announced last week that it will expand its plant in Dover, Ohio, and close another in Picayune, Miss., in an effort to streamline operations.

Both plants make dimer, monomer and ester materials used as chemical intermediates and corrosion inhibitors in metalworking fluids and lubricants, as well as in other industries.

Operations in Picayune will be moved to the Dover plant, except for production of a line of resin dispersion additives, which will be transferred to another plant in Panama City, Fla. The Picayune plant, which employs 38, will shut down during the first quarter of 2005. Officials said the Dover expansion will be completed before then, andthe net result will be an increase in the companys overall capacity. The company did not disclose the cost of the expansion or the capacity of either plant.

Based in Jacksonville, Fla., Arizona Chemical is a subsidiary of International Paper and uses pine chemistry to make products for applications such as coatings, inks and adhesives.

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