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Gov. Beshear Announces Clariant Corp. to Expand Operations in Louisville, Add 34 Jobs

Friday, 08 23, 2013

Kerri Richardson
Terry Sebastian
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Specialty chemical company to invest more than $65 million in new plant

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Steve Beshear today announced Clariant Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of Switzerland-based Clariant International, is expanding operations of its Business Unit Catalysts in Louisville, adding 34 jobs and investing more than $65 million to add a new manufacturing facility at the corner of 12th and Wilson Streets in Louisville.

“Clariant has been extremely successful in Louisville and we’re excited to know the workforce in the Commonwealth has played a key role in that success,” said Gov. Beshear. “Clariant is a world leader in specialty chemicals, and we’re always glad to see a company grow in Kentucky, in this case adding 34 new jobs and investing more than $65 million in a new plant.”

Clariant currently employs more than 380 people at three facilities in Louisville, where the company produces industrial catalysts used in the chemical and petrochemical industries. The company has signed long-term cooperation agreements with major polypropylene technology licensor Lummus Novolen Technology. The two companies will combine to ramp up research and development efforts to develop improved polypropylene catalyst and donor technologies. The new plant is expected to be operational in 2015.

“The strategic partnership with Lummus Novolen is a significant milestone for the catalyst business,” said Hariolf Kottmann, CEO of Clariant. “It strengthens our competitive position in a market with future perspectives and strong growth rates. This cooperation is another example for the successful implementation of Clariant’s strategy, which is focused on innovation, portfolio management and profitable growth.”

To encourage the investment and job growth in Louisville, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) preliminarily approved the company for tax incentives up to $500,000 through the Kentucky Business Investment program. The performance-based incentive allows a company to keep a portion of its investment over the term of the agreement through corporate income tax credits and wage assessments by meeting job and investment targets.

KEDFA also approved Clariant for tax benefits up to $500,000 through the Kentucky Enterprise Initiative Act, which allows approved companies to recoup Kentucky sales and use tax on construction costs, building fixtures, equipment used in research and development and electronic processing equipment.

“Clariant’s expansion and new manufacturing facility will create additional good jobs, while continuing to stimulate economic growth and development in our area,” said Sen. Denise Harper Angel, of Louisville. “I congratulate the company on continued success, along with its cooperation agreement with Lummus Novolen that allows it to continue to move forward. I also want to praise our quality workforce for meeting Clariant’s labor needs. I am proud to have such a good corporate partner in Louisville and look forward to many more years of prosperity.”

“I want to thank Clariant Corp. for taking this step and partnering with Lummus Novolen Technology to invest so much more in our community,” said Rep. Dennis Horlander, of Louisville. “This will really mean a lot to the 34 families who will benefit from these new jobs and the 380 others who will now have greater job security. This decision is also further proof of just how attractive Louisville is when it comes to economic development.”

“This innovative partnership between two strong companies and their planned investment are a strong vote of confidence in Louisville,” said Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer. “It is exciting to bring these new jobs and significant investment to the citizens of west Louisville.”

“Clariant has been a major employer and significant corporate citizen in Louisville’s Park Hill corridor for over 30 years,” said Craig Richard, president and CEO of Greater Louisville Inc. “We are so pleased to support them as they continue to reinvest and grow in this important part of town.”

For more information on Clariant, visit www.clariant.com.

Information on Kentucky’s economic development efforts and programs is available at www.ThinkKentucky.com. Fans of the Cabinet for Economic Development can also join the discussion on Facebook or follow on Twitter. Watch the Cabinet’s “This is My Kentucky” video on YouTube.

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