Walker Emulsions was full of activity in 2014.
At the beginning of the year we purchased a
53,000 ft2 manufacturing facility in Orangeburg,
South Carolina. On October 23, we unveiled the
new Walker Emulsions plant with a ribbon-cutting
ceremony. Orangeburg County government and
economic officials welcomed Walker Emulsions
Board of Directors and Executives with southern
hospitality and charm.
The plant is part of our strategic plan to grow and sustain our emulsions division. Our location in Orangeburg allows us to expand our market reach for emulsions into the southern United States, with our Burlington, Ontario, plant supplying the northeastern part of North America and our Portland, Oregon, plant supporting the west.
We currently have five employees hired from the local Orangeburg workforce, led by Scott White, Operations Manager. Scott has been with Walker for over 10 years; he began his career in the Environmental Division and moved to the Emulsions Division in February of 2009. Scott embodies our values and has been instrumental in aligning our new Orangeburg team to drive our success in the southern U.S. Getting the plant up and running to make quality products has been an enormous accomplishment for the Emulsion team.
For a leader in business and economic development, South Carolina is the right place to be. From unbeatable logistical advantages, unparalleled business tax incentives and a friendly climate, this location offers us a great collection of resources. The Walker Emulsions high-performance team researched South Carolina laws, designed the process, obtained the applicable permits, equipped the plant, installed tanks and equipment and trained new employees. The Orangeburg County Development Commission was a great ally during our building process. Their support made for a successful start-up and we appreciate all of their help.
It is an exciting time for us, as we continue to formulate high-quality emulsion products to provide innovative solutions to our customers.