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Kemira Plans $13.9 Million Expansion At Its Aberdeen, Mississippi, Manufacturing Plant

Area Development Online News Desk (05/14/2014)
A Global chemicals company serving customers in water-intensive industries, Kemira is investing $13.9 million to expand its dry polymer manufacturing operations in Aberdeen, Mississippi.

The company provides expertise and chemicals that improve its customers’ water, energy and raw material efficiency. Kemira’s focus is on pulp and paper, oil and gas, mining and water treatment.

“Kemira is very pleased with our recent acquisition of the Aberdeen site, and we are quickly implementing our first expansion project to our initial dry polymer operation in North America,” said Kemira Oil & Mining Vice President of Manufacturing Mike Villers. “With the support of local and state officials and agencies, we are eagerly examining potentials for additional product lines for the future. We are proud to be a responsible member of the community and look forward to building a sustained relationship with its people and providing a secure future for the residents who contribute to Kemira’s planned success.”

“I appreciate this global, innovative leader in the chemicals industry for choosing to expand and further invest in its Aberdeen operations,” Governor Phil Bryant said. “By creating these high-tech jobs and growing its dry polymer manufacturing operations here, Kemira is showing the world that great things take place in our state, and Mississippi has the skilled, knowledgeable workforce and supportive business climate needed for innovation and success.”

The Mississippi Development Authority provided assistance in support of the project for railroad improvements that will increase the long term capacity of the plant. In addition, Monroe County Board of Supervisors also provided assistance for the project in the form of ad valorem tax exemptions.

“MDA is glad to have assisted Kemira as the company strengthens its roots in Mississippi and creates jobs for the residents of Monroe County,” said MDA Executive Director Brent Christensen. “Mississippi’s existing businesses are the driving force behind the state’s economy, and we work together with our economic development partners throughout the state to provide a business environment that encourages their growth and success. We thank the Monroe County Board of Supervisors and the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce for working with us to help facilitate this expansion.”

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