Advancing our Economy: Colonial Chemistry

SOUTH PITTSBURG, Tenn. (WDEF) – As the name suggests, Colonial Chemical makes specialty chemicals that you might find in your home or car.

And for that, they were even recognized as a community leader in Marion County.

CCI spoke to News 12 about how they are driving our economy forward.

“Colonial Chemical is a 35-year-old manufacturing facility here in South Pittsburg, Tennessee. We manufacture specialty chemicals; especially specialty surfactants,” said Andrew Lawrence, Chief Human Resources Officer. “Among these surfactants, we have some that are the most environmentally friendly that you can find anywhere. And we have a patent, and they are used in several of our products. And have actually won an EPA award for them in 2021. We’ve been recognized as one of the leaders in the community here as a Marion County organization. In fact, we’ve won Marion County Business of the Year five in the past seven years. .

It’s easy to come across a Colonial Chemical product.

“Our products are used in the household, industrial, paints and coatings, oil and gas industry, industrial lubricants market and a number of other areas as well,” Lawrence said. “We now have 185 employees. 165 of them are here locally at our Marion County plant. The employees we had here. We had a tremendous growth rate. We have increased headcount by 49% since then.

It’s no surprise to see the growth here. Lawrence says they train their employees well.

“We plan to train manufacturing-type environmental people. And so we’re not really expecting a lot more individuals,” he said. “They don’t need to have any knowledge of chemistry. They do not need to have worked in a chemical company in the past. We can, we can teach all of this. There is a very comprehensive training program. It’s about a bunch of different things that they’ll have to go through before they can hit the factory floor.

CCI has even started a collaboration with the State of Chattanooga.

“The program itself, it’s going to be called the Colonial Institute,” Lawrence said. “It will actually be a work-and-learn opportunity while you earn class credit at Chattanooga State. Upon completion of this program, you will have a Chattanooga State certificate, and you will also be eligible to potentially be an employee here at Colonial Chemical. It is a unique experience to acquire skills that will allow you to succeed, to give you a certain career path. It’s a good company. Word is actually spreading that we are a gamer in Marion County, and we are thrilled to be part of this community.