St. Charles (Hahnville), Louisiana production plant
The St. Charles, Louisiana plant produces latex emulsion products that are supplied to manufacturers of coatings, adhesives and construction products.
The plant is an active member of the local St. Charles Parish Community Advisory Panel. We work with other area industry members (including OxyChem, Galata, Entergy, and Koch) and meet with community members on a regular basis to provide information on upcoming events and operational impacts, and to collaboratively address any questions or concerns they may have as we work together toward appropriate solutions. We are also members of the Louisiana Chemical Association (LCA) and Louisiana Association of Business in Industry (LABI).
St. Charles and the community
Local associations / Events we sponsor
- Arkema Science Teacher Program – Summer workshop supported by the Arkema Inc. Foundation. Local science teachers spend time studying experiment kits with the help of plant scientists. The program is designed to help science teachers expand and enhance their science teaching skills.
- Choctaw Fire Department equipment donations
- Hahnville High School Engineering Club - Robotics competition sponsor
- Hosted a family for a Thanksgiving Day basket
- United Way® "Battle for the Paddle" Jambalaya cook-off
St. Charles expansion and open house
Arkema’s St. Charles, LA (Hahnville) site held an open house, where local and state officials toured the plant for a first-hand look at its latest expansion project - the Acadia Tank Farm. In an effort to improve its production process, the plant invested $11 million dollars in the construction of 12 chemical storage tanks, the first of three planned expansion phases at the site totalling $16 million. Arkema employees celebrated the completion of the initial phase by holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony. According to Plant Manager Brian Vallieu, the St. Charles site plans to construct an additional ten tanks by 2019. The plant will utilize the tanks to store its own materials instead of shipping its products to alternative storage facilities, thus reducing production delays.
8th Annual Trash Bash
Arkema’s St. Charles, LA site helped sponsor the eighth annual Trash Bash, a local cleanup event. Volunteers gathered at the Edward A. Dufresne Community Center to help pick up trash in an effort to beautify the surrounding area. All participants who attended were provided with trash bags, pick-up sticks and t-shirts. Following the cleanup, volunteers enjoyed hot dogs, hamburgers, and desserts.
Crescent City Classic 10k
Several employees from Arkema's St. Charles, LA site, along with their families and friends, participated in the Crescent City Classic 10k. In addition to being a great team building activity, the race provides fundraising support for 100 local charities each year through the "Run For It" program.
Arkema Donates $25,000 To Louisiana Fishing Jetty Project
Arkema’s St. Charles, LA Plant Manager Brian Vallieu, along with Arkema employees Leslie Comardelle Jr. and Maryetta Lewis, presented a check for $25,000 to the St. Charles Parish Council and President in support of Louisiana’s Norco Fishing Jetty improvement project. The jetty is one of St. Charles Parish’s northernmost points, located at the end of Bonnet Carre Spillway’s East Guide Levee Road adjacent to Wetland Watchers Park—the leading wetland educational venue for students in the River Region. For decades, it has provided fishing access to Lake Pontchartrain and is a popular recreational fishing spot. The donations that Arkema provided will go toward improving the length of the jetty, including a new 4-inch concrete surface and replacing the current limestone. As a result, students will be able to better utilize educational opportunities provided in the area.
Key figures for 2015
|# of employees||50|
|Local economic impact (payroll/utility/property taxes paid annually)||Annual economic impact to the community is ~ $6.5 million as a result of site operations|
|Investment in health, environment and safety||
Approved capital investments in 2015 for health, safety, and environmental projects:
● Use a corporate-wide Safe Work Assessment Tool (SWAT) to better “Observe-Recognize-Eliminate-Communicate” workplace hazards.
- Assisting customers in scientific analyses to better understand the potential environmental impact of our products and formulations made with our products.
- Being an open and cooperative partner to the communities in which we operate.
|Safety record||Site has worked > 3 years without an OSHA recordable injury or event with environmental impact.|
|Awards/Certifications for safety, environmental, and quality||
● 2015 award for "Most Improved Performance" in Safety by the Louisiana Chemical Association (LCA). Arkema competed against all chemical facilities with fewer than 100 employees in the state of Louisiana and was selected as the most improved location in that category as part of LCA’s “SAFE” program.
● Arkema Integrated Management System (AIMS) certified through a third-party auditing team (DNV). The AIMS programincludes elements from most ISO standards (9001, 14001, 18001) as well as the Responsible Care® Mangement System (RCMS) for the American Chemistry Council
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