KALAMA, WASH. (Updated Jan. 26, 8:45 a.m. ET) — U.S.-based materials firm Emerald Performance Materials LLC is adding plasticizer production in the
Production of K-Flex-brand non-phthalate plasticizers is set to begin in the third quarter of the year at a plant in
Emerald Kalama also makes K-Flex plasticizers at a plant in
“Our K-Flex product line is one of the key growth platforms for Emerald Kalama, fueled by demand for effective, environmentally-friendly alternatives to phthalate plasticizers,” Emerald Kalama President Edward Gotch said in recent news release.
Emerald officials added in the release that the expansion has allowed the firm to add new equipment, as well as staff in commercial and R&D positions. Marketing director Julie Vaughn declined to offer specific on job creation. Previously, K-Flex materials sold in
Emerald's other plastic-related products include epoxy resins and carbon black additives. The firm is owned by financial investor Sun Capital Partners Inc. of