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Alsip, Illinois production plant

The Alsip, IL plant manufactures a range of latex emulsion products for the Arkema Coating Resins business that are supplied to manufacturers of coatings, adhesives and construction products.

Vinyl acetate and butyl acrylate are building blocks used in the production of specialty polymers, agricultural and water treatment chemicals. These are used in the production of water-based latex, which is then sold to coating manufacturers for paints, caulks, adhesives and sealants. Visit the Coating Resins website for more information on our products.

Commitment to safety and the environment

The Alsip plant pays close attention to identifying potential risks and acting to minimize the impact of those risks:

 

  • Daily safety review on each shift
  • Site employees use a "safety suggestion tool" to provide safety suggestions
  • Every safety suggestion is reviewed during monthly team meetings
  • Employees are encouraged to recognize and are rewarded when they identify any situation that could have a potential health, environmental or safety impact on the facility, the community, or the customer

Community news

Alsip emergency drill training

Arkema's Alsip, IL plant held a safety drill with the help of the local Alsip Fire Department.

Arkema’s Alsip, IL site conducted an emergency drill with assistance from the local Alsip Fire Department. Responders practiced responding to the staged scene of an employee down due to inhaling toxic fumes. Employees and firefighters followed the drill with a review and critique of safety procedures.

 

Arkema is committed to the communities it serves through Common Ground.

Community involvement and sponsorships

  • Chemical Industry Council – An annual dinner sponsor
  • Emergency response drills – Work in coordination with local emergency responders for emergency response drills
  • National Night Out - A sponsor for Alsip PD's National Night Out
  • Science Teacher Program - A hands-on science program for teachers from Prairie Junior High School to spend several days working at Arkema Inc. and partnering with scientists, engineers and safety personnel to learn innovative ways to teach basic science concepts
  • Toys for Tots - An annual toy drive/collection

Key figures for 2015

# of employees 48
Local economic impact (payroll/utility/property taxes paid annually)  ~ $5.7 million in 2015
Investment in the community

Individual employee donations
Food and holiday drive along with the Alsip Chamber of Commerce

● Sponsor Science Teacher Program for local schools

Participation in Alsip Streetscape


Prior to 2015:

● Major sponsor of the Alsip Fire department fire tower – providing $80,000

● Internship opportunities for students in the community

Partnered with Hartland Blood Center and other area businesses for a blood drive to benefit the community

Donated non-chemical lab supplies to local high schools

Investment in health, environment and safety $1.1M in approved capital investments in 2015 for health, safety, and environmental projects
● Raw material tote systems to reduce employee handling of chemicals
● Raw material warehouse to reduce congestion and safety risks in the process building 
Safety record 

● 3 years with no recordable injuries

● 1 year with no Loss of Primary Containment

Awards/Certifications for safety, environmental, and quality

ISO 9001:2008
OHSAS 18001:2007

American Chemistry Council - Responsible Care® Facility Safety Award (2014)

Last updated: December 2, 2015

Responsible Care® is a registered trademark of the American Chemistry Council

 

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