Memphis, Tennessee production plant

Arkema’s Memphis, Tenn. plant produces hydrogen peroxide. While this is a seemingly simple commodity, numerous grades of hydrogen peroxide are required to serve the special needs of different markets.

Products and markets

Hydrogen peroxide is most commonly found in home medicine cabinets, where it is kept as an antiseptic solution, also used in toothpaste to help whiten teeth. In the pulp and paper industry, it is used as an effective bleaching agent, providing an alternative to traditional methods that use elemental chlorine and is also an outstanding bleaching agent for synthetic and natural fibers.

 

In the chemical industry, hydrogen peroxide is a reagent in synthesizing various compounds. Hydrogen peroxide is often used in place of chlorine for the decontamination of industrial effluent, soil and water. It is also used in the desulfurization and deodorization of municipal wastewater, in the etching and drawing of silicon wafers and in household cleaning products. It is even used in the food industry to help inhibit the growth of mold in cheese.

Key figures for 2019

Number of employees 75
Local economic impact (payroll/utility/property taxes paid annually) $25.5 million
Investment in health, environment and safety

$3.8 million

  • Roaster bag house upgrade
  • 502 warehouse dock safety improvement
  • Building door replacement
  • Hydrogen cooling tower replacement
  • 2-way radio upgrades
  • Environmental concrete improvements
  • Tank farm paving improvements
  • Hydrogen plant fire detection
  • Emergency fire extinguisher units - improvement
  • VOC Analyzer upgrade
  • Control Room building roof replacement
  • Series RO for SuperPure Water upgrades
  • CO2 Flowmeters
Safety record  6.5 years without a lost time injury
Awards/certifications for safety, environmental and quality

 

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.

Community involvement / sponsorships

  • Woodstock Community "People of Woodstock" – We are a member of this organization, which provides a means of open communication between residents and industrial neighbors. A site representative provides an update at each meeting that often includes safety and environment-related information.
  • Memphis-Shelby County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) – We are a participating member of the LEPC and participate in annual LEPC community drills to help ensure local emergency preparedness.
  • Member of the local chapter of the Air and Waste Management Administration (A&WMA)
  • Science Teacher Program – We host four teachers each summer, grades 3-6, providing tools and training in new ways to engage students in lessons on science.
  • St. Jude Research Hospital – Our plant and several employees donate and participate in the St. Jude Marathon, one of the foundation’s biggest fund raising events
  • Engineering Internship Program with Christian Brothers University

Contact

Memphis, Tennessee
2571 Fite Road
Memphis, TN 38127
Phone: 901-354-5800
FAX: 901-354-5841

Last updated: July 2020

 

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