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Vanderbilt consolidates chemical production at Kentucky plant

Vanderbilt Chemicals, L.L.C., a wholly owned subsidiary of R.T. Vanderbilt Holding Co. Inc., has announced plans to consolidate its commercial production of chemicals to its newly upgraded plant in Murray, Kentucky. Announced earlier this year, the project is part of a $30M expansion of the company’s Murray plant that will increase capacity by 50% from its current level of 12,500 tonnes per year. Four of the nine production lines at the plant are now automated. As part of the expansion, Vanderbilt will transfer its displaced volume from its chemicals plant in Bethel, Connecticut to Murray by the end of 2014. This will include production of specialty chemical lubricant additives for oils, fluids and greases in addition to additives for rubber and plastics, paints and coatings. The company will continue to maintain a pilot plant and research and development laboratory in Bethel to support the chemicals business.

As of January 1, 2013, R.T. Vanderbilt Holding Company, Inc. reorganized its North American operations under three subsidiaries: Vanderbilt Chemicals LLC (chemicals for the Rubber, Plastics, and Petroleum markets); Vanderbilt Minerals LLC (industrial and specialty minerals for the Life Sciences, Coatings, Ceramics, and Agricultural markets); and Vanderbilt Global Services LLC (support services).

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