Finland-based Kemira, a polymer producer serving the pulp and paper, oil and gas, and water treatment industries, is investing $70.8 million to expand production at its facility in Mobile, Alabama.
According to state officials, the project will create an additional 20 jobs, growing Kemira’s Mobile workforce by 32 percent, to handle new process operations, increased logistics and the support functions at the site.
“For Kemira this investment is an important step towards the growth objectives outlined in our strategy. It also secures our position as a leading global polymer producer and demonstrates our continued commitment to the oil and gas industry,” said Pedro Materan, Senior Vice President, Oil & Gas, at Kemira.
Richard Ryder, Kemira’s Mobile plant manager, said construction will begin this year and be operational in 2021.
“We are expanding on our current footprint and will significantly increase production to meet our customers demand in the oil and gas industry,” Ryder said.
Kemira utilizes chemistry to add optimal quality, functionality and strength to paper and board products, ensure the safety and hygiene of water and food packaging, and maximize yield from energy resources.
Mobile is one of three Kemira facilities in the U.S., with others in Columbus, Georgia, and Aberdeen, Mississippi. Kemira’s parent company, Kemira Oyj, is based in Helsinki, Finland with its Americas headquarters in Atlanta.
“There has been significant growth in the area’s manufacturing and chemical sectors, whose companies historically, and continue to provide high-paying jobs for our community,” said Shelby Glover, the Mobile Area Chamber’s Senior Project Manager of Economic Development. “I look forward to seeing what the future holds for Kemira as they continue to excel in Mobile,”