Quaker Expands in Ohio

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Quaker Chemical Corp. on Monday said it is nearing completion of a 16-month expansion project at its Middletown, Ohio, manufacturing facility, including a new plant for hydraulic and metalworking fluids.

The Middletown expansion includes a new 12,000 square foot production building which houses state-of-the-art, computer controlled blending and transfer systems.

Well be producing all of our ester-based hydraulic fluids, rolling oils and just a few metalworking fluids, at the new production building, Quaker director of operations Fred Sansom told Lube Report. The first batches should be in November.

Quaker recently hired a production manager and is preparing to increase staffing in Middletown. When fully ramped-up, the company expects to add up to 40 positions in its Middletown facility, mainly in the production area.

The company plans to convert the old production area in the existing building into additional warehouse space, and has upgraded existing site utilities and employee facilities. Extensive piping, process control and electrical work are nearly complete, Quaker noted.

The expansion represents the companys third major investment in the Middletown operation since its acquisition from United Lubricants in 2002. Quaker broke ground on the project in July 2008.

Earlier this year Quaker took aggressive cost reduction measures around the globe in response to the global economic crisis, which has significantly impacted our customers, particularly in the auto and steel markets, said Mike Barry, Quaker Chemical chairman, CEO and president. Yet we are focused on the long-term, and have remained committed to certain initiatives that will position us well for the future. The Middletown facility is key to our North American manufacturing operations, and as such we have continued to invest in this project.

Quaker manufactures process chemicals, primarily for the steel and metalworking industries, in 16 plants worldwide, including four in the United States.

Financing for the project includes a $10 million industrial development bond issued through the Butler County Port Authority, and a $3.5 million loan from the Ohio Department of Development.

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