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Blooming Prairie, Minnesota production plant

The Blooming Prairie, Minn. plant produces more than two dozen finished products. Many of these
products are green, sustainable and support the local economy by utilizing soybean oil from Midwest
growers.

Products and markets

Our finished products are made using soybean, linseed, and other natural vegetable oils as well as olefinic oils. A process called epoxidation causes changes in the physical appearance and chemical properties of such oils, making them suitable for a variety of industrial uses.

Epoxidized soybean and linseed oil are primarily used for imparting flexibility, strength and ultraviolet stability to polyvinyl chloride resin formulations. We also produce other specialty epoxides, which are used in lubricating oil formulations, plastic formulations and the cosmetic industry. Our products allow our customers to produce goods that are common in daily use, such as food wrap, medical products,
furniture, automobile interiors, floor tile and jar cap liners.

Key figures for 2016

Local ecomonic impact

● $4 million in 2016

● payroll

● utility fees

● property taxes

● expenditures with local vendors

 

Investment in the community

● $20,000 investment in 2016

● Civic and charitable programs

● Education programs

● Local youth programs

Investment in health, environment and safety

●$250,000 in approved capital investments in 2016 for health, safety and environmental projects

● We work cooperatively with the Steele County Emergency Management and Safety Councils to help maintain and improve our site safety programs, including an ongoing program for monitoring and testing our workplace and the environment for exposure to chemicals.

● Improvements made to acid and waste transfer piping systems

● Improved flammable storage facility installed

 

Awards/certifications for safety, environmental and quality

ISO 9001 certification

● RCMS certification

● Received 3 consecutive awards from the MN Safety Council (2014 - 2016) including the Governor's Award of Honor for 2016 in Occupational Safety

 

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

The Arkema Group, through its Common Ground® program is committed to building relationships between our Company and its communities. Community relations enable the Group to open up its sites to the outside world and establish genuine relations of trust with all its stakeholders.

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Community involvement

  • Arkema Inc. Science Teacher Program - Each year, 6 teachers from three local elementary schools spend a week at the Blooming Prairie plant to learn new hands-on science activities and receive materials to take back to the classroom. Since 2000, we have sponsored 96 teachers from dozens of local schools.
  • Citizen's Advisory Panel (CAP) - The CAP fosters open dialogue between our site and community members about our operations. It is open to all and can include participation of local high school students as part of their classwork.
  • Minnesota's Adopt-a-Highway Program - Employees pick up litter along a two-mile stretch of state highway near our facility in both Spring and Fall.
  • Blooming Prairie School Programs - We make contributions each year to provide materials and enrichment experiences for elementary and high school students. We participate in science fair events, discuss science and engineering at the schools, and host chemistry student tours.
  • Blooming Prairie Youth Programs - We make contributions each year to provide youth after-school and summer programs (Boys and Girls Club).
  • Blooming Prairie Community Programs - We make contributions each year to support a range of programs, such as cultural events, charitable causes and emergency response agencies.
  • Science & Engineering Scholarship - Each year we give a $4,000 scholarship to a Blooming Prairie High School senior who plans to pursue a degree in engineering or science.

Contact

Blooming Prairie, Minnesota
157 Highway Avenue North
Blooming Prairie, MN 55917
Phone: 507-583-6641
Fax: 507-583-2804

Last updated: April 2017

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