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Atlas Point

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.

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Croda Inc is the North American headquarters for Croda, with over 800 employees, working in a variety of roles in manufacturing, sales, marketing and research and development.

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.

Atlas Point Seeks DNREC Permit for Environmental Control Device  

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) held a permit hearing to review Croda’s permit application for a new steam assisted flare on Wednesday, April 24. The meeting was held virtually by Zoom. In an ongoing effort to be transparent with our community and to readily share information about site improvements, this hearing was held at our request.

Croda is voluntarily installing a steam-assisted flare as an environmental precaution. This flare is engineered to burn Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), reducing emissions resulting from malfunctions or upset conditions by 98%. While not required by regulation, Croda is undertaking this initiative to uphold its dedication to environmental responsibility and community well-being. Acknowledging the community's call for reduced emissions and enhanced safety measures, Croda remains committed to investigating opportunities for further site enhancements that resonate with both the company's values and the aspirations of the surrounding neighborhoods.

While the initial hearing is complete, DNREC will be accepting public comment through May 10, 2024. Instructions to do so can be found here: dnrec.delaware.gov/events/public-hearing-croda-flare-permit/

For additional information on the flare, please review the downloadable documents on the right for a brief description and Frequently Asked Questions.

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Painted firewater tank

Update: 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 holds 1,000,000+ 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.

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:

  • 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.

Giving back 

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 Dinner

    New Castle Senior Center Holiday Event

  • Collage from Principal for a Day

    Croda Staff Speak at William Penn High School

  • Students who received Bucknell Scholarships with Croda staff

    Colonial School District Partnership Recognition

  • 100 basketballs at McCullough Middle School

    Basketballs for McCullough Middle School

  • Food Pantry with condiments

    Food Pantry Restocks

  • Soap being made with students from Colonial School District

    Colonial School District STEAM Night

Sustainability

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
To learn more about safety and sustainability at Atlas Point, watch the video below about the exciting initiatives in place around emissions control, renewable energy, bio-based raw materials, and community engagement at the facility.

Sustainable Manufacturing at Atlas Point

Sustainability

Sustainability spans every area of our business and is a crucial way we add value to our customers.

Community communication

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

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.