As published in Toledo Business Journal - October 1, 2017

An Interstate Chemical truck

An Interstate Chemical truck

Alpont placing $61.9M in Oregon facility

Alpont, LLC – a division of Interstate Chemical Company that manufactures, stores, and distributes various chemicals – is investing $61.9 million to construct a new methanol facility in Oregon. The primary product manufactured at this facility will be methanol with options to produce chemicals that are derivatives of methanol. These products will then be distributed to its current customer base throughout the US.

The new chemical facility, according to Alpont officials, is being built to keep up with the demand from its current customer base and to complement / expand upon its existing manufacturing facilities.

The project, which is planned to be completed in the first half of 2018, is being built on 35 acres of farmland. Plant Process Equipment located in League City, Texas is the general contractor with support from lead design engineers.

The project also involves onsite infrastructure improvements, road construction, and investment in new equipment and machinery. The company was also approved for a 1.407%, seven-year tax credit by the Ohio Tax Credit Authority to help ensure the project went forward in Ohio, as Pennsylvania was also a potential site for this new facility.

Alpont plans to add 40 employees at the new facility. The company currently has 290 people currently employed nationwide. The new jobs will include chemical engineers, chemists, operators, instrument technicians, maintenance technicians, truck drivers, and sales representatives.

Interstate Chemical currently manufactures and distributes industrial chemicals, coatings, thermal fluids, plasticizers, catalysts, environmental services, and foundry resins for industrial and biodiesel applications.

Founded in 1968, Interstate Chemical is ISO 9001:2008 certified and is a privately-held corporation. Since its inception and beginning in Mercer, Pennsylvania and with a regional service area, the business has developed as a chemical manufacturing and distribution company. With corporate headquarters in Hermitage, Pennsylvania, the company has expanded to include offices throughout the northeastern, midwestern, and western United States, which includes services to over 35 states.

A map of Interstate Chemical’s locations

A map of Interstate Chemical’s locations

In addition to its facilities in Hermitage and its other offices, the company operates 12 terminals and warehouse facilities with bulk storage capacity of 35 million gallons. The company has two barge terminals, one on the Ohio River near Pittsburgh and the second on the Des Plaines River in Channahon, Illinois.

To provide service to its customers, the business has a fleet of over 200 trucks, trailers, and stainless-steel bulk tankers, which are serviced and maintained at the company-operated logistics terminal. To ensure quality control of company products, Interstate Chemical has laboratory facilities in all of its hub operations.

Dave Dorner, executive director of Oregon Economic Development, said, “I am very excited about them coming to Oregon, they have been wonderful to work with and will be a great addition to our community.”

Alpont officials also noted that they’ve been extremely pleased with how well they’ve been received by JobsOhio, the City of Oregon, the local fire marshal, and State and local officials, including the Ohio EPA. They are thankful for the community’s support and are proud to be bringing more jobs to the area.

 

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