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Our finished products are made using soybean, linseed, and other natural vegetable oils as well as olefinic oils. A process called epoxidation causes changes in the physical appearance and chemical properties of such oils, making them suitable for a variety of industrial uses.

Epoxidized soybean and linseed oil are primarily used for imparting flexibility, strength, and ultraviolet stability to polyvinyl chloride resin formulations. We also produce other specialty epoxides, which are used in lubricating oil formulations, plastic formulations, and the cosmetic industry. Our products allow our customers to produce goods that are common in daily use, such as food wrap, medical products, furniture, automobile interiors, floor tile, and jar cap liners.

Visit our Specialty Epoxides website for more information.

Key figures for 2020

Number of employees

45

Local economic impact (payroll/utility/property taxes paid annually)

$5 million

Investment in health, environment, and safety

$167,000

Safety record

10+ years without a lost-time injury

Our commitment to safety and the environment

  • We work with Steele County Emergency Management and Safety Councils to help maintain and improve our site safety programs, including ongoing programs for monitoring and testing our workplace and the environment for exposure to chemicals.
  • Improvements made to employee fall protection systems
  • Improved controls for flammable materials used in the process

Community involvement

  • Arkema Inc. Science Teachers Program - Each year, six teachers from three local elementary schools spend a week at the Blooming Prairie plant to learn new hands-on science activities and receive materials to take back to the classroom. Since 2000, we have sponsored over 100 teachers from dozens of local schools.
  • Citizen's Advisory Panel (CAP) - The CAP fosters open dialogue between our site and community members about our operations. It is open to all and can include the participation of local high school students as part of their classwork.
  • Minnesota's Adopt-a-Highway Program - Employees pick up litter along a two-mile stretch of state highway near our facility in both Spring and Fall.
  • Blooming Prairie School Programs - We make contributions each year to provide materials and enrichment experiences for elementary and high school students. We participate in science fair events, discuss science and engineering at the schools, and host chemistry student tours.
  • Blooming Prairie Youth Club - We make contributions each year to provide youth after-school and summer programs.
  • Blooming Prairie Community Programs - We make contributions each year to support a range of programs, such as cultural events, charitable causes, and emergency response agencies. This includes the Blooming Prairie After Prom, Ministerial Association, Education Foundation, Cancer Group, Recreation Association, and Lion’s Club.
  • Science & Engineering Scholarship - Each year we give a $4,000 scholarship to a Blooming Prairie High School senior who plans to pursue a degree in engineering or science.
  • Friends of the Library
  • The Minnesota Safety Council
  • The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce
  • The Steele County Safety Council
  • The Blooming Prairie Chamber of Commerce

The Arkema Group, through its Common Ground® program, is committed to building relationships between our Company and its communities. Community relations enable the Group to open up its sites to the outside world and establish genuine relations of trust with all its stakeholders.