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BASF Completes Expansion of Catalytic Converter Production in Huntsville, Alabama

08/25/2017
BASF completed expansion of its mobile emissions catalysts production site in Huntsville, Alabama. The company’s Catalysts division is the world’s leading supplier of environmental and process catalysts.

According to company officials, the expansion also enables BASF to continue creating emission control technologies for cleaner air while simultaneously helping the automotive industry grow.

“The Huntsville facility is our largest emissions catalyst manufacturing site in North America and this expansion demonstrates our commitment to our business growth strategy,” said Ken Lane, President of BASF’s Catalyst Division. “The additional capacity will meet the growing market demand and customer technology needs in the region.”

The company expanded production as it celebrated completion if its 400 millionth automotive catalytic converter. “We have a world-class team at the BASF Huntsville facility,” said Dirk Demuth, BASF Senior Vice President, Catalysts Division. “This facility and all 400 million catalytic converters are visual representations of the important work that is accomplished here every single day. Our employees ensure that our products are developed with integrity and the highest attention to detail, safety and environmental responsibility, and we can proudly say that we are creating chemistry for a sustainable future.”

“Manufacturing is a booming industry in Alabama, and the motor vehicle parts sector continues to be the strongest and most successful. BASF is leading the charge in positive economic growth in our city and our state,” said Greg Canfield, Secretary of Alabama Department of Commerce.

“More than 650 of our local residents have gained employment since they opened this plant in 1974, which results in a payroll of more than $44.5 million. The company also pays more than $1.6 million in local and state taxes, which further our government programs and initiatives. These funds support K-12 education and healthcare, improving our quality of life,” he added.

The Huntsville facility also celebrated a milestone in sustainability by significantly reducing production waste and achieving a Virtually Zero Waste Facility certification.

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