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Franklin, Virginia production plant

Commercially available peroxides that combine high efficiency and thermal stability with good vulcanizing properties at a low cost were first produced at the Franklin, Virginia plant. Today, we are one of the world's leading suppliers of organic peroxides for the wire and cable, rubber, and plastics industries.

The Franklin plant is a leading supplier to:

  • The Wire and Cable Industry: Uses Di-Cup® and Vul-Cup® organic peroxide pure grades to improve the durability and service life of polymer insulations without sacrificing cleanliness standards. The products are used to crosslink the polymer in the insulated portion of the cable to provide greater thermal stability against the high temperature generated by medium and high voltage power transmission. Luperox® liquid organic peroxides offer absorption performance in processes where faster absorption time is necessary without the need for melting equipment.
  • The Rubber Industry: Di-Cup® and Vul-Cup® organic peroxide supported grades are used in automotive rubber parts to provide optimum crosslinking, which reduces failures in high temperature and oxidative environments. The products are also used throughout the rubber industry to improve the compression set resistance of the compound, eliminate discoloration and provide greater low temperature flexibility of the vulcanizate.

Community involvement

  • Blackwater/Nottoway Riverkeeper Program – Employees attend monthly meetings to keep the group abreast of plant operations and address any water quality questions.
  • Franklin/Southampton and Isle of Wight County Local Emergency Planning Committee – Employees from the plant meet with emergency response officials and local manufacturing facilities to discuss emergency response and provide information to first responders.

Local associations / Events we sponsor

  • The Franklin plant (including Solenis as well as Arkema employees) is one of the largest contributors to the Franklin/Southampton County United Way®

Community news

Arkema's Franklin, VA plant held their first Science Teacher Program in 2015.
Arkema is committed to the communities it serves through Common Ground.

Franklin Science Teacher Program 2015

Arkema’s Franklin, VA plant recently hosted two teachers from S.P Morton Elementary School of Franklin City Public Schools in the annual Arkema Science Teacher Program on June 22-24.


During the intensive session, mentors from Arkema and Solenis, a partner in the program, worked side-by-side with two selected teachers in various hands-on experiments, sharing their expertise and guidance. The teachers selected and received innovative science experiment kits focusing on two scientific concepts: energy and electromagnetism and the sun, moon and planets. The Science Teacher Program aims to help teachers develop an engaging, hands-on science curriculum for students.


Learn more about the Science Teacher Program here.

Key figures for 2015

# of employees 4 Arkema / 72 total on site (3 separate companies co-located at this one site)
Local economic impact (pauroll/utility/property taxes paid annually)  ~$2 million in 2015
Investment in the community ~$1 million in 2015
● Reducing the carbon footprint of hazardous wastewater generation
● Safety improvements
● Capacity expansion and new product development
Investment in health, environment and safety ● We pioneered the use of specialized Semi-Bulk Containers (proven to be a clean, safe and environmentally responsible method of delivering peroxides in a cost efficient manner).
● We provide process engineering assistance, safety training and reviews of peroxide storage and handling systems for our customers.
● We closely monitor our manufacturing processes to ensure the safety of our employees, neighbors, customers and the environment. We take our corporate citizenship responsibility seriously and work continually to educate our neighbors and the surrounding community about the activities that take place in our plants.
Safety record  3.5+ years since last injury.
Awards/Certifications for safety, environmental, and quality

ISO 9001:2000
● American Chemistry Council site award for Environmental and Safety Performance

● American Chemistry Council site award for Injury & Illness Prevention (2013)

Luperox®, Di-Cup® and Vul-Cup® are registered trademarks of Arkema Inc.
United Way is a registered trademark of United Way of America
Last updated: December 7, 2015