Chattanooga’s Best Workplaces in 2022: Colonial Chemical, Inc.

* Year of creation: 1987

* Employees: More than 160 employees in manufacturing and administration in Tennessee and additional warehouses in Los Angeles, Birmingham (UK) and Rotterdam (Netherlands). Construction currently underway for a manufacturing plant in Dammam, Saudi Arabia.

* Milestones: Colonial Chemical Inc. is a privately held specialty surfactant manufacturer focused on developing safe and innovative ingredients for modern forms. The company provides high-quality products to the personal care, household, oil and gas, and industrial lubrication markets. Colonial Chemical serves North America and more than 50 countries internationally.

Colonial opened in Dalton, Georgia, then expanded to Chattanooga in 1990. Seeking room to expand, the company moved to Marion County, Tennessee in 1996 and began with a 25,000 square foot facility on 34 acres of land. Today, operations in Marion County exceed 100,000 square feet and over 100 acres of land are available for future growth.

Colonial maintained its relative size throughout the recession that began in late 2008. In 2012, the Colonial team forged a stronger business based on specific goals that ultimately became its long-term strategic plan for growth. As a result, within a decade, the company increased its annual turnover by more than 630% and its workforce grew from 36 to 164.

Some 157 new products have been developed and 12 patents filed over the past 60 months.

In 2021, construction of a new specialty chemicals manufacturing plant began in Dammam, Saudi Arabia. The new facility is called Colonial Chemical ME Arabia.

In 2021, Colonial Chemical Inc. was a winner of the 2021 EPA Green Chemistry Challenge Awards program, specifically in the focus area of ​​Designing Greener Chemicals.

Photo by Ryan Lewis / Colonial Chemical, Inc. is located at 225 Colonial Drive in South Pittsburg, Tennessee.

* Why is it a better place to work: Colonial’s corporate goal is to grow a family business safely and profitably by building loyalty among our employees, customers and community. The company achieves this by promoting a culture of safe processes, continuous training, personal responsibility and mutual accountability in every employee. This includes creating stable, well-paying jobs with opportunities for advancement and maintaining long-term stability for its employees and customers by preserving the current ownership structure. Colonial is committed to having a profound and positive impact on our local community by investing resources in the education system, community programs and professional organizations.

* Quote from David Anderson Jr., President, Colonial Chemical: “This is a busy time at Colonial Chemical. We are leading our hourly wage and starting benefits program in our region and are actively seeking additional candidates for our production staff. Over the past year, we have upgraded major systems in our plant, added reactor and blending equipment and added to our existing warehouses for storage with additional loading bays for the increased traffic flowing into our plant. , we are aiming to have a rail spur added in our yard which will significantly increase Colonial’s supply chain flexibility, reduce raw material costs and provide a key component for business growth in its location Now is the perfect time to be part of Colonial Chemical.


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