Even prior to growth in the retail food and beverage segment, the AkzoNobel Huron site was solidifying its presence within the corporate structure. Huron is one of only two full chemical plants in North America for the company (meaning they produce resins, not just mixing). Its volume capabilities are unmatched, being the only company site shipping by rail car and truck load. Paired with strong management, these factors have enabled the site to receive ongoing capital allocations, and in 2020, commitment to build a new resin pilot plant on site.
Having just broken ground on the new plant, the $6.14 million project will construct a new, three-story Resin Pilot Plant, one pilot reactor system, and one scale-up reactor system. This new plant will allow for research and development and will have staff that flex in hopes to continue to diversify the product at the site and expand.
In 2020 a new phrase has been coined - "essential business." AkzoNobel Huron seems to be doubly essential - for their packaging and other customers, and within the sophisticated structure of its international company. We're proud to have this operation right here in Erie County.