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Grand Rapids, Michigan production plant

The Grand Rapids, Mich. plant was first opened in 1908 as Grand Rapids Varnish Company to support the booming furniture industry. At the time and for the next 40+ years, Grand Rapids was the "Furniture Capital of the World." As Grand Rapids grew and became more diversified, so did the facility by adding technologies to supply products to a wide range of industries.

Products and markets

The Grand Rapids plant produces resin technologies, including waterborne, conventional and high solids solvent-borne resins and high performance coatings for formulators of architectural coatings, industrial finishes, construction products, traffic paints, and container coatings ink products. Visit the Coating Resins site for more information on our products.


Product brands include:


  • CHEMPOL® Alkyd resins include conventional, high solids and water reducible versions for use in interior and exterior paints, industrial coatings and finishes.
  • CHEMPOL® Polyester resins are used in coil coating, metal coatings and industrial baking systems. They provide excellent flexibility, durability, adhesion and appearance.
  • CHEMPOL® Oil-free polyester resins for use in can and coil coatings including new product development resins based on biosourced raw materials.
  • SYNAQUATM Alkyd dispersions are water-borne products used in decorative coatings.

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Awards/Certifications for safety, environmental, and quality

ISO 9001:2008 - Quality

● OHSAS 18001:2007 - Health/Safety
● American Chemistry Council 2014 Injury-Free Safety Award

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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Local associations/ events we sponsor

Community involvement

  • “Believe to Be” – Sponsorship and mentoring of summer youth science program.
  • Grand Rapids Fire Department – Our site has a long standing relationship with the Grand Rapids Fire Department and supports them by participating in emergency preparedness drills.
  • Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) – We participate, along with other area industry, in working together with community members twice a year to discuss and address any questions and concerns.


Grand Rapids, Michigan
Arkema Coating Resins
1415 Steele Avenue SW #1
Grand Rapids, MI 49507-1562
Phone: 616-243-4578

Last updated: July 2018

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