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Today, we are one of the world's leading suppliers of organic peroxides for the wire and cable, rubber, and plastics industries.

The wire and cable industry uses Di-Cup® and Vul-Cup® organic peroxide pure grades to improve the durability and service life of polymer insulations without sacrificing cleanliness standards. The products are used to crosslink the polymer in the insulated portion of the cable to provide greater thermal stability against the high temperature generated by medium and high voltage power transmission. Luperox® liquid organic peroxides offer absorption performance in processes where faster absorption time is necessary without the need for melting equipment.

The rubber industry uses Di-Cup® and Vul-Cup® organic peroxide supported grades in automotive rubber parts to provide optimum crosslinking, which reduces failures in high temperature and oxidative environments. The products are also used throughout the rubber industry to improve the compression set resistance of the compound, eliminate discoloration and provide greater low-temperature flexibility of the vulcanizate.

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Key figures for 2019

Number of employees

80 employees on-site, three separate companies are co-located. Four Arkema employees are based at this plant.

The local economic impact of (includes payroll/utility/ property taxes)

$2.5 million

Investment in health, environment, and safety

$1 million

  • Replace end-of-life equipment
  • Add equipment for safety and ergonomic improvement
  • We closely monitor our manufacturing processes to ensure the safety of our employees, neighbors, customers, and the environment. We take our corporate citizenship responsibility seriously and work continually to educate our neighbors and the surrounding community about the activities that take place in our plants.

Safety record

2+ years without a lost-time injury in the Arkema production area

Awards/certifications for safety, environmental, and quality

Last updated: June 2020
Luperox, Di-Cup, and Vul-Cup are registered trademarks of Arkema Inc.
United Way is a registered trademark of United Way of America.

Community involvement

  • Plant leaders participate in the Franklin/Southampton and Isle of Wight County Local Emergency Planning Committees, meeting with emergency response officials and local manufacturing facilities to discuss the emergency response and provide information to first responders.
  • The Franklin plant (including Arkema, Solenis, and Eastman employees) is one of the largest contributors to the Franklin/Southampton County United Way®.
  • The site donates to a range of additional organizations, including the Franklin Fall Festival and local education and athletic programs, and Angel Tree.
  • The maintenance department, operated by Solenis, has paired with Paul D. Camp Community College to offer apprenticeship programs for aspiring electricians and mechanics in the local community.

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.