Croda develops and manufactures high-performance ingredients and technologies featured in many popular consumer brands as well as health and crop care products. At our Atlas Point manufacturing site, 100% of our electricity is renewable thanks to onsite solar fields and purchased wind energy. We manufacture 100% bio-based surfactants, the first of their kind in the U.S., which are found in soaps, makeup, and cleaning supplies, among other products. Atlas Point’s sustainable practices support Croda’s 1.5°C science-based target and its wider sustainability Commitment to become Climate Positive. Atlas Point is home to an R&D innovation lab and Croda’s community engagement team, which strives to make a positive impact in New Castle.
Approximately 230 employees make up our Atlas Point team, including union members with United Steelworkers AFL-CIO-CLC, Local #12886. We are all deeply committed to supporting our neighbors and the Delaware business community through our engagement efforts and dedication to sustainability.
Have questions about Atlas Point? Contact our Community Engagement team via email, AtlasPoint.CE@croda.com, or via our Community Information Line, +1 (302) 429-5474.
About Our Facility
Croda Atlas Point is deeply committed to the safety of our employees and our community members. We are dedicated to ensuring safe operations at our facility and using our strong commitment to sustainability to continually improve our impact on the environment.
In September 2023, Croda, Inc. installed a new emergency water storage tank at its Atlas Point facility. Visible from the Delaware Memorial Bridge, this tank will hold 1.2 million gallons of water for use in case of an emergency. This voluntary capital investment by Croda illustrates the company’s core values of safe and sustainable operations.
Croda thanks our community partners for highlighting the work we do to support and uplift the community!
Mid-Atlantic Clean Hydrogen Hub
Croda is happy to be participating in the Mid-Atlantic Clean Hydrogen Hub. Learn more about MACH2 on their website.
New Castle Senior Center Luncheon catered by William Penn High School's Penn Bistro
What does Croda love more than supporting a local organization? Supporting TWO local organizations! Learn more about the holiday luncheon that Croda sponsored at the New Castle Senior Center that utilized Penn Bistro- William Penn High School's culinary program here.
Delaware Technical Community College Safety Training Device Donation
Croda was happy to donate a Lock Out Tag Out training device to Delaware Technical Community College's Chemical Operator Program. Lock Out Tag Out is a safety procedure used at our Atlas Point site and we're happy to facilitate the learning of the protocol at the school. Learn more about the donation here. Safety First!
Food Bank of Delaware Donations and Volunteerism
Croda has been working with the Food Bank of Delaware for multiple years to help battle food insecurity in our local community. You can read the entire blog post here
Community Intern Program
Croda loves working with Colonial School District to provide exciting educational opportunities for all ages. Read the article that Colonial's Brian Erskine wrote for the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce's magazine Delaware Business here.
United Steelworkers Magazine
We're honored to have our Steelworkers as the cover and main story of USW@work, the national Steelworkers magazine. Check it out here!
What's that sound? Croda Community Notification System Information
Croda’s Atlas Point facility has an audible community alarm, the Croda Community Notification System (CCNS), which is separate from our site-only alarms for employees. The CCNS is used to alert the community about situations occurring at our site, if ever needed. Working in cooperation with the New Castle County Office of Emergency Management, the CCNS would be used to notify neighbors of an emergency.
Croda Community Notification System (CCNS)
The installation of the Croda Community Notification System (CCNS) is complete. Sirens are located at:
- Atlas Point
- Eisenberg Elementary School
- Police Athletic League (Garfield Park)
- Rose Hill Community Center
The CCNS was installed to ensure our neighboring communities are alerted to any potential situations at our site that could impact public safety. The four sirens comprising our CCNS were simultaneously tested on February 8, 2022. All four sirens were successfully activated during the test.
Going forward, routine siren tests will be performed for one minute at 7:00 pm on the second Tuesday of every February, May, August, and November. Dates for 2024 are as follows:
- February 13 at 7:00 pm
- May 14 at 7:00 pm
- August 13 at 7:00 pm
- November 12 at 7:00 pm
This notice and the expansion of our alarm system is undertaken as part of the settlement of an enforcement action.
Our sirens are located:
- Along Cherry Lane near the Atlas Point facility
- On Landers Lane, near Eisenberg Elementary School
- On Karlyn Drive, near the Police Athletic League (PAL) Garfield Park site
- On Lambson Lane, near Rose Hill Community Center
We firmly believe that it is our social obligation to make a positive, lasting difference in our community. Atlas Point is always exploring new community engagement initiatives to invest in. Our employees regularly come together to give back through our 1% Club volunteer program and our STEM Committee. Click on the photos below to learn more about our recent activities.
New Castle Senior Center Holiday Event
Croda is engaged with the New Castle Senior Center in a variety of activities. After becoming a sponsor for the “Dining in the Streets” annual fundraiser, Croda continued the relationship with the Senior Center by sponsoring a holiday event. Attendees enjoyed live music, a holiday themed lunch, pictures with Santa, and even a holiday sweater competition.
Croda Staff Speak at William Penn High School
Three Croda Atlas Point staff members visited William Penn High School for the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce Principal for a Day program. Speaking to construction, engineering, agriculture, and environmental science students, the Atlas Point team was able to discuss opportunities in these fields and the way students can apply classroom learning in the real world.
Employees taking part in the day were all impressed with the students and thoroughly enjoyed the experience, saying it was a wonderful way to support students as they start to make important decisions about their future. The Principal for a Day program helps further the connection between school leaders and the business community. Croda is an active business partner with the Colonial School District.
Colonial School District Partnership Recognition
In recognition of our partnership with the Colonial School District, Croda Atlas Point was honored as a valued School District Business Partner at a 2022 school board meeting.
Brian Erskine, Supervisor in Schools for Colonial, touched on the various ways Croda offers STEM experiences for the district’s students. Highlights include:
- Providing (and underwriting) STEM programming for elementary summer camp students;
- Inviting advanced chemistry and environmental science students from William Penn High School to participate in a learning day at the Atlas Point facility;
- Providing summer scholarships that gave six William Penn High School students the opportunity to attend the week-long, residential, Bucknell University Summer Engineering Camp cost- and- tuition-free in 2022. (See photo.)
The students who attended Bucknell’s camp thanks to Croda’s scholarship program then presented to the Colonial School District’s board. They discussed how attending the program not only provided a deeper dive in engineering itself, but better prepared them for the college admissions process, helped them understand the residential experience of college, and illustrated the many careers that are possible with an engineering degree. For example, students who had been focused on mechanical engineering are now considering biomedical or environmental engineering as well.
With a focus on being part of the fabric of the New Castle community, Croda looks forward to continuing engagement with the Colonial School District. Croda Atlas Point is currently in conversations with William Penn High School about structuring a career development program.
Basketballs for McCullough Middle School
Croda was originally hoping to share basketballs with Collins Park residents once the Croda funded children’s park upgrades were complete. Due to supply chain and weather issues, the upgrades are still in progress. Not wanting to give up on the idea of distributing the basketballs, the 100 basketballs were delivered to McCullough Middle School. Principal Johnston was thrilled to have an opportunity to distribute them to student athletes and participants of after school programs.
Food Pantry Restocks
Croda is committed to helping the New Castle community in meaningful ways. Based on community feedback, addressing food insecurity is one of the most pressing concerns for families in need. Croda participates in Food Bank of Delaware mobile pantry events, provides funding to several Colonial School District elementary school food pantries, and to Rose Hill Community Center’s food pantry, open seven days a week in New Castle. The Director of Rose Hill, Sheila Berkel, shared kind words about the impact of Croda’s support, “Often the food available at our pantry is focused on the main components - proteins, starches, fruits, vegetables, and so on. One of the things that really helps people feel more comfortable is being able to have condiments with their meals. You see faces light up when they realize we can offer those little things.”
Colonial School District STEAM Night
As part of our continued partnership with the Colonial School District, Croda Atlas Point held a Soap Lab event at William Penn High School’s Annual Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) Fair on April 4, 2023. During the event, Croda team members helped Kindergarten through 12th grade Colonial School District students and their families make hand soap using a Croda-supplied soap mixture. Students especially loved selecting their fragrances and taking their mixture home!
Atlas Point’s sustainable practices support Croda’s 1.5°C science-based target and its wider sustainability Commitment to become Climate Positive. Atlas Point is also home to our ECO Range, which manufactures 100% bio-based surfactants, the first of their kind in the United States. We are continuously re-evaluating our processes to determine how we can become more sustainable. We have already implemented numerous changes, such as using onsite solar panels and combined heat and power units that are powered by landfill gas. These shifts have resulted in:
- The site running on 100% renewable electricity
- A reduction in greenhouse gas emissions intensity and waste to landfill since 2018
Sustainable Manufacturing at Atlas Point
More information on what we are doing to help our local community
As part of our ongoing commitment to keep our neighbors informed, our Community Information Line provides updates about general operations and routine tests at our site. Community members may also call this line to ask questions.
Police/Fire Call 911
Croda Atlas Point Community Information Line - 302-429-5474
CAC members represent the following organizations:
- CHEC Inc.
- Collins Park Civic Association
- Colonial School District
- Community activist groups
- Delaware House of Representatives
- Delaware River and Bay Authority
- Delaware State Police
- Delaware Technical Community College
- FUJIFILM Imaging Colorants
- Holloway Terrace Fire Company
- LEPC for New Castle County
- Northern New Castle County Probation and Parole
- Rose Hill Community Center
The Delaware Emergency Notification System
Register on the DENS website here.
The Delaware Emergency Notification System (DENS) is the primary system for public warning and emergency protective action information in the State of Delaware. Municipalities, Counties, and State Agencies utilize the system to inform and warn the public during emergencies that adversely affect the health, safety, and welfare of Delaware citizens. The system allows local 911 centers or emergency managers to send messages to the specific street, neighborhood, or larger areas affected by the event. In the event a line is busy, the DENS system will retry 2 additional times to deliver the message. If an answering machine or voicemail is reached, the system will deliver the emergency message there.
Registering your phone enables DENS to geocode your phone number to your home (or work) address and can send messages to your cell phones and Voice over IP home phones. If an emergency message has a text or e-mail included, registering your phone information will allow you to receive the text or e-mail message.
DENS allows emergency voice messages to be delivered to a home or business within the traditional land line telephone network. If you have this type of phone, your address and phone number is already in the DENS database.