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Louisville, Kentucky production plant

The Louisville, Kentucky plant produces one of Arkema’s signature products, Plexiglas® acrylic resin.

It’s a name you probably recognize as the standard in acrylic sheet. Our acrylic molding resin is used in tail light lenses, backlit signage, lighting applications, dashboard panels, medical equipment and much more.

The Louisville plant can produce and ship a resin so clean and pure that it is qualified for use as a layer in smartphone screens. This resin is also used in the manufacture of Plexiglas® acrylic sheet in North America and Latin America and Altuglas® acrylic sheet in the rest of the world.

We take pride in producing materials that have excellent optical clarity, exceptional resistance to the weather, and flexibility in their usage. Our products resist discoloration, and molded parts can be drilled, machined, engraved or embossed. A variety of characteristics available in our product line make it easy for our customers to choose the most suitable one for their application.

 

In 2013, we also added two production lines that produce extruded acrylic sheet. This product is used in many markets including signs, point of purchase displays, lighting, and store fixtures.

Community involvement

  • Arkema Science Teacher Program – We provide summer science workshops for local elementary school science teachers. In 2015 we partnered with Cane Run Elementary School to provide teachers with materials and resources to help promote learning opportunities in math and science.

 

  • Local School Connections and Junior Achievement Programs – Our employees have participated in mentoring and career coaching programs with Cane Run Elementary School and Charlestown High School.

 

  • Rubbertown Community Advisory Council – We are part of this group whose mission is to provide ongoing dialogue between sponsoring chemical companies and the surrounding community to develop mutual trust and to promote substantive two-way communication on health, safety and the environment that will enhance the quality of life in the area.

Community news

One Year Without Injury

Arkema's Louisville, KY site celebrated one year without recordable injury.

Arkema Louisville, KY celebrated a major safety milestone of one year without an OSHA recordable injury. Employees enjoyed lunch and cake together to commemorate the occasion. Site management shared their thanks to employees: “This result is due to the efforts of our employees and contractors on a day-to-day basis. It takes working safely one day at a time, one task at a time…from the simplest to the most difficult and dangerous tasks. To all Arkema Louisville employees, thank you for your efforts in protecting yourselves and your fellow workers.”

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

Local associations / Events we sponsor

  • Dare to Care Food Bank collection and donations
  • Kentucky Association of Manufacturers
  • Rubbertown Local Emergency Preparedness Committee (LEPC) – Annual safety fair participation
  • Rubbertown Mutual Aid Association
  • Toys for Tots collection

Key figures for 2015

# of employees ~ 80
Local economic impact (payroll/utility/property taxes paid annually) More than $11 million total impact expected in 2015
Investment in health, environment and safety

$1.2M in approved capital investments in 2015 for health, safety, and environmental projects
● Safety improvements to process/production lines.
● A team of employees representing every level of the organization work together on the plant’s safety council to promote improvements across the plant - from inspections and training to emergency drills and personal protective equipment.
● Employees at the plant demonstrate their commitment to their own safety and that of their co-workers by participating in BAPP – behavior accident prevention process. Our EAGLES (Eliminating Accidents Gaining Louisville Employees Safety) team promotes the concept of having employees observe each others’ actions and provide immediate guidance when an at-risk action could result in an accident. The EAGLES team is employee-driven and participation is voluntary.
● Process Safety Management is an integral part of the Louisville plant’s commitment to safe operation. The plant performs over 900 preventative maintenance inspections on an annual basis.
● Environmental responsibility is another core value. By focusing on the six codes of management practice that make up the Responsible Care® initiative, we remain conscious of our impact on our neighbors. A cross-functional environmental improvement team meets regularly to keep us moving toward our goal of zero emissions.

Safety record 2+ years without a lost time injury.
Awards/Certifications for safety, environmental, and quality

OHSAS 18001

ISO 9001:2000
RC 14001

Plexiglas® and Altuglas® are registered trademarks of Arkema Inc.
Responsible Care® is a registered trademark of the American Chemistry Council

Last updated: December 3, 2015

 

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