In observance of National Manufacturing Day, Croda International Plc, the name behind high performance ingredients and technologies that are relied on by industries and consumers everywhere, today welcomed U.S. Senator Christopher Coons (Del.) and USDA Acting Deputy Secretary Michael Scuse on a tour of the construction progress of Croda’s approximately $170 million capital investment in the expansion of its Atlas Point facility.
Croda is building the first plant of its kind in North America that will lead to 100-percent renewable non-ionic surfactants, active emulsifying agents that help keep oil and water together, which are used in a range of products from face creams to toothpaste to paint to laundry detergent. These bio-based products, using ethylene oxide derived from bio-ethanol, will allow Croda to strike the balance between high performance and fully renewable; taking yet another step to meet the growing needs of its customers and their consumers.
“Croda’s investment in renewable chemistry highlights the company’s longstanding commitment to sustainability while drawing attention to the local job opportunities manufacturing can provide,” said Sen. Coons. “Manufacturing is an important aspect of our nation’s economic growth and there is an increasing demand for highly-skilled manufacturing professionals.”
Currently under construction and expected to be commissioned in 2017, this investment brings more than 250 construction jobs to Delaware to build this new section of the Atlas Point facility. In addition, Croda will create approximately 30 new, full-time manufacturing positions at the site.
“Manufacturing Day is a perfect time to showcase Croda’s manufacturing capabilities, excellent safety record and environmental stewardship,” said Robert Stewart, Managing Director Operations, Croda North America. “In addition, it helps underscore the industry’s importance to our local and national economy, as manufacturing supports more than 18.5 million jobs in the United States.”
Croda is a participant in the USDA’s BioPreferred program, which is designed to increase the purchase and use of bio-based products and spur economic development, create new jobs and provide new markets for farm commodities. The increased development, purchase, and use of bio-based products reduce the nation’s reliance on petroleum, increase the use of renewable agricultural resources and contribute to reducing adverse environmental and health impacts.
“The USDA is committed to increasing the use of bio-based products,” said Scuse. “While not a consumer brand itself, we applaud Croda for its participation in the USDA BioPreferred program and its long-standing dedication to sustainable manufacturing.”
Manufacturing Day is an annual national event executed at the local level and supported by thousands of manufacturers as they host students, teachers, parents, job seekers and other local community members at open houses, plant tours and presentations designed to showcase modern manufacturing technology and careers.
Track Record of Sustainability
Croda has a longstanding commitment to investing in sustainability and putting innovation into action. The company uses renewable raw materials and environmentally sensitive processes to help improve the sustainable credentials of end products.
Around 70% of Croda’s raw materials come from renewable sources, far above the average of its peers. Atlas Point has experienced this commitment to sustainability through a number of other recent investments. In 2013, Croda invested $2.3 million in solar panels, which generates 5% of the site’s electricity. In 2012, Croda invested $8 million in a renewable energy project that uses landfill gas to generate electricity and steam. The results of this project reduced Croda’s annual CO2 emissions by 11,600 tons, and these projects combined now generate more than 60% of the site’s energy. Also in 2012, Atlas Point achieved a 78% reduction in landfill waste by increasing the use of solid waste as fuel and furthering recycling opportunities.
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Darrah Foster, for Croda Inc