Caustic Soda Expansion for Caustic Soda Facility in Tennessee

Editor: Dominik Stephan

Olin expands its caustic soda production in Charleston, Tennessee, making the facility more productive while eliminating the use of hazardous mercury.

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Cleveland, Tennessee/USA – Olin's subsidiary Olin Chlor Alkali Products recently broke ground for a new membrane cell manufacturing site in Charleston, Tennessee. The company is currently investing some US $ 160 million in the new factory, scheduled for completion by the end of 2012. The facility will, according to Olin, produce caustic soda, chlorine and related products with a capacity of 200,000 tons. With the new installations, Olin also aims to eliminate hazardous mercury from the production process in Charleston.

"We are delighted to make this investment in the Charleston community, which has been home to our plant since 1962," said Frank Chirumbole, president of Olin Chlor Alkali Products. "The Charleston plant is ideally suited to continue meeting the needs of our customers. We are especially grateful to the State of Tennessee, which has provided generous incentives to assist with the financing of the project, including $41 million of tax-exempt variable rate Recovery Zone Facility bonds."

"Olin is a well-respected corporate citizen in Bradley County, and we appreciate the company's continued commitment to and investment in the community," Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam said. "Established Tennessee companies such as Olin provide a solid foundation on which our state's economy will continue to grow."

Olin's plant on the banks of the Hiwassee River, employs approximately 350 people. It supplies building block chemicals to many companies in Tennessee and abroad. Other products are used in water disinfection and food processing and in the manufacture of pharmaceuticals, plastics, paper and electronics. The Charleston plant is one of currently ten Olin Chlor Alkali Products facilities in the United States.