InChem Corp. plans an approximately $15 million expansion of its custom and toll chemical manufacturing operations in the Carolinas, with the purchase of its third chemical manufacturing site at 12345 Steele Creek Road in Charlotte, North Carolina
With other plants in Rock Hill, South Carolina, and Duncan, South Carolina, InChem is one of America’s largest privately-owned chemical companies, with annual sales over $150 million. It is the sole U.S. manufacturer of phenoxy, an epoxy-like resin with a wide range of adhesion, coating and enhancement applications. Its other custom and standard chemical formulating and processing services are sold to the world’s largest chemical companies and other manufacturers.
“Plans are already underway to install significant additional reaction capacity,” said Steve Crownshaw, InChem President. “Planned investments include hot oil heated, continuously-stirred reactors; wiped film evaporation systems; solids separation and handling; and a new glass-lined reactor system. In addition, several small scale manufacturing systems will be relocated to the new site to create a state-of-the-art pilot and scale-up facility. This is a strategic investment that will help meet the growing needs of our expanding customer base.”
The new site already has installed chemical manufacturing infrastructure including extensive laboratories and operating utilities, Crownshaw said. “With over 100,000 square feet of warehousing, and 300,000 gallons of stainless steel storage tanks already installed, customers can be assured that materials management will be best in class. The site also has a 25,000-square-foot advanced laboratory.” Along with its investment in the plant, real estate and equipment, the firm estimates it will create 40 new jobs during the next three years.
“With three sites in close proximity, having multi-site manufacturing operations guarantees our customers uninterrupted supply and minimizes administration overhead costs,” Crownshaw added.