Olin Breaks Ground for New Manufacturing Facility

Cleveland-based Olin Chlor Alkali Products, a division of Olin, has broken ground on a $160m membrane cell manufacturing facility at its plant in Charleston, US.

The facility is scheduled for completion by the end of 2012. It will have a capacity of 200,000t to produce chlorine, caustic soda and related products, including an expansion of the plant's production of potassium hydroxide.

The technology at the facility will allow the plant to meet the growing need for potassium hydroxide, required for the production of food, fertilisers, herbicides, soaps, detergents and airplane de-icing fluids.

Olin Chlor Alkali Products president Frank Chirumbole said the Charleston plant is ideally suited to continue meeting the needs of the customers.

''We are especially grateful to the State of Tennessee, which has provided generous incentives to assist with the financing of the project, including $41m of tax-exempt variable rate Recovery Zone Facility bonds," Chirumbole said.

The Charleston plant, which is scheduled for completion by the end of 2012, is one of ten Olin Chlor Alkali Products facilities in North America.