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National Starch and Chemical Announces Plans for $18 Million Investment in U.S. Pressure Sensitive Adhesive and Personal Care Manufacturing Capacity Expansion in Salisbury, North Carolina

Published on 2004-12-06. Author : SpecialChem

BRIDGEWATER N.J. -- National Starch and Chemical Company has announced its intention to build a new U.S. manufacturing facility dedicated to the production of pressure sensitive solution acrylic and solution rubber adhesives and to expand the U.S. manufacturing capacity for all its hair spray polymer products.

Plans call for the new facility and expansion to be built in Salisbury, North Carolina, where National Starch already has a specialty chemical production site. To ensure a smooth transition, the Meredosia, Illinois, facility, which currently produces the products, will remain in production until the planned construction and commissioning of the new site is complete.

"This is the single largest investment in solution adhesive technology by any adhesive company in recent history," said Ellen Greenhorn, National Starch and Chemical Business Director, Pressure Sensitive and Laminating Adhesives. She added, "It reflects the commitment of National Starch to remain the long-term leader in solution adhesives for the tape, graphic art and transdermal markets."

"The creation of the new personal care polymer operation will accommodate growth of the RESYN® and AMPHOMER® lines of hair care products," said Robert Asselin, National Starch and Chemical Divisional Vice President, Personal Care. "National already makes its most popular hair care polymer, AMPHOMER, in Salisbury, and the new manufacturing capability will provide National flexibility to support the market's changing demands."

"The project in Salisbury, North Carolina, represents a significant capital investment in the Salisbury facility, and will involve the hiring of additional personnel," said Randy Harrell, Executive Director of the Salisbury-Rowan Economic Development Commission.

"The Economic Development Commission has worked in close cooperation with the company and the Rowan County Board of Commissioners, and Salisbury City Council to help secure an Expansion Assistance Inducement Grant. The grant will be structured as a reimbursement of cost incurred by the company during its expansion phase and will be paid by Rowan County and the City of Salisbury annually in installments contingent upon National Starch and Chemical paying its county and city property taxes."

"The grant will apply over the first five (5) calendar years after the commencement of the expansion and the first annual ad volarum taxes have been paid and will be equal to 50% of the total county and city property taxes paid by National Starch and Chemical based upon the investment and creation of new jobs for the community," said Richard Steinert, Salisbury Site Manager.

The new manufacturing capability will provide National flexibility to support the market's changing demands. It will also better position the company to offer its customers the innovative products they need in an increasingly competitive market place.

National Starch and Chemical Company, a member of the ICI Group, is headquartered in Bridgewater, NJ, and is a worldwide manufacturer of adhesives, specialty polymers, electronic materials and specialty food and industrial starches, with sales of $3.05 billion.

Source: National Starch and Chemical Company

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