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Products and markets

Our Kynar® PVDF resin is a tough plastic coating used as wire insulation and on the exterior of many buildings. Kynar® PVDF resin is also used in high-performance piping systems including ultra-pure water systems used in manufacturing computer chips.

The Forane® refrigerants we produce are used as coolants in air conditioners and refrigeration equipment. They are also used in insulation for transportation, appliances, and construction.

We also manufacture hydrochloric acid, which is used for refining ore, pickling and cleaning metal products, electroplating, removing scale from boilers. It's also used as a catalyst and solvent in organic syntheses, in the manufacture of fertilizers and dyes, for hydrolyzing starch and proteins in the preparation of various food products, and in the photographic, textile, and rubber industries.

Key figures for 2021

Number of employees

252

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

$45 million

Investment in health, environment, and safety

  • Purchased additional safety and environmental equipment
  • Process upgrades
  • New technology
  • 31 member emergency response team
  • The site uses an automatic telephone system configured to notify neighbors of an emergency situation

Safety record

11.3 years without a lost-time injury

Community involvement

  • Calvert City Industrial Mutual Aid Program – Held in coordination with other chemical companies in the area, this program is designed to prepare for, and respond to, natural disasters or accidents.
  • Good Neighbor Night – Approximately 1400 neighbors attend this annual open house each year where we address neighbors' questions concerning our plant operations and environmental and safety performance. This event provides an open dialogue between plant neighbors and our employees.
  • Community Advisory Team – A facilitator conducts monthly meetings, comprised of a cross-section of local residents and industry representatives, including other chemical plants in the Calvert City area. The Team helps increase dialogue between the community and industry, provides an avenue for information sharing and helps identify and respond to community concerns.
  • Through regular meetings and activities such as plant tours, we are able to regularly educate and update the community on plant activities of interest.
  • Arkema Science Teacher Program – The site hosts an annual science program equipping elementary teachers from area schools with methods of stimulating scientific interest for their students. Selected teachers participate with staff in a 3-day mentor program utilizing science kits on a variety of subjects for use in grades 3-6. In addition, teachers receive a stipend and their school receives a donation for science education.
  • Other areas of support include the Paducah area and Marshall County Chambers of Commerce; Calvert Area United Fund (site employees contributed $59,000 in 2021; Local food banks; Marshall County Exceptional Center; Scholarships at University of Kentucky School of Engineering in Paducah; Shelter-in-Place training program done at local schools.

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. 

Last updated: July 2022

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