Changes at PMC Organometallix to bring 36 jobs

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By Jeff Moore

A move to improve production efficiency at PMC Organometallix operations will mean more jobs and expansion plans for the company’s plant in Carrollton.

PMC Group announced Monday that it will consolidate its operations from its Cincinnati, Ohio plant to operations in Carrollton and Memphis, Tenn.

As part of a manufacturing optimization plan, PMC officials said through a news release Monday that to accommodate the future growth the company will invest in significant capacity expansions and additions at Carrollton and Memphis facilities. The expansion will involve its areas of business that produce stabilizers, lubricants, tin intermediates and ester intermediates.

Members of the local Community Advisory Panel learned the news Monday through a letter from Annis Banks, PMC’s Global Manufacturing Director.

“After a careful market and operational analysis, a decision has been made to consolidate the tin stabilizer product portfolio currently manufactured at the Cincinnati, Ohio, facility into the PMC facility located in Carrollton,” Banks stated in the letter.

The transition is set to begin in the fourth quarter of this year, and PMC expects it will be complete by the end of the first quarter 2014.

“This consolidation will create 36 new jobs at the Carrollton site,” Banks told the CAP members.

Through email, PMC officials said these jobs will be offered to workers at the Cincinnati operation that will be decommissioned. These jobs include various types, the company officials said, including chemical operators, mechanics, engineers and others associated with chemical production.

PMC officials said through email that the expansion at the Carrollton site will be within the footprint of the existing plant. Some equipment from the Cincinnati plant will be moved to Carrollton, plus some new equipment will be added to help increase capacity.

Carroll County Judge-Executive Harold “Shorty” Tomlinson said Monday that PMC’s announcement is “good news for us.” He said it reflects a $16 million investment in the community, along with the additional jobs.

Tomlinson accompanied PMC leadership to Frankfort last week for a meeting with Kentucky Economic Development Cabinet Finance Authority.

No information on the finance authority’s role in the project was available at press time. No one from the finance authority returned calls seeking information Monday.

Tomlinson said the move by PMC will mean stability for the future of the plant and the employees and families who depend on it. He commended the new ownership at PMC and its leadership at the Carrollton plant for making the commitment to the plant.

“I think they are heading in the right direction,” he said. Tomlinson worked at the plant for 22 years when it was M&T Chemical.

“The current economic environment drove the need to optimize the manufacturing footprint of the organometallics business,” Dr. Matthew Stershic, general manager of PMC Organometallix said in the news release. “Our investments in the project will position the business to more efficiently serve its customers and invest in technological innovations for the future.”

Once the transition takes place, Banks told CAP members in her letter that the Cincinnati site will be decommissioned.

According to the news release, PMC is working with affected employees at the Cincinnati operation to facilitate transfers to other operations or to assist with outplacement support.

PMC Group purchased the operations in Cincinnati in February from Dow Chemical Co. At that time, company president Debtosh Chakrabarti said it would “broaden our technology and product offerings and underscores our commitment to be an innovative leader in the polymer additives industry.”