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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.

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Key figures for 2019

Number of employees

268

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

$423 million

Investment in health, environment, and safety

$2.5 million

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

Safety record

9 years without a lost-time injury

Awards/certifications for safety, environmental, and quality

Last updated: May 2020
Kynar® and Forane® are registered trademarks of Arkema Inc.

Community involvement

  • Calvert City Industrial Mutual Aid Program – This is 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 – attended by 1400 neighbors in 2019. This is an annual open house where we address neighbors' questions concerning our plant operations and environmental and safety performance. This event helps provide an open dialogue between plant neighbors and our employees.
  • Community Advisory Team – A facilitator conducts monthly meetings of the group, which is comprised of a cross-section of local residents and industry representatives, including other chemical plants in the Calvert City area. The Community Advisory Team helps increase dialogue between the community and industry, provides an avenue for information sharing and helps us 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.
  • Science Teachers Program – Arkema’s Calvert City plant hosts an annual innovative, hands-on science program equipping elementary teachers from area schools with new methods of stimulating scientific interest for their students. Teachers are selected to participate with plant staff in a three-day mentor program utilizing science kits on a variety of subjects for use in grades 3-6. In addition to the kits, each teacher receives a stipend and each participating school receives an Arkema donation for science education.
  • Paducah area and Marshall County Chambers of Commerce
  • Calvert Area United Fund - site employees contributed $47,000 in 2019
  • Local food banks
  • Marshall County Exceptional Center
  • Scholarships, University of Kentucky School of Engineering at Paducah
  • Shelter-in-Place training program done at local schools

Arkema Common Ground® program

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.