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ASHTA Chemicals Announces Plan To Invest $60 Million Into Its Ashtabula Plant

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ASHTA Chemicals Inc. proved its commitment to the community by unveiling a plan to invest $60 million nto its Ashtabula production facility.     The new upgrades will improve energy efficiency, and add job security for the company's 90 employees.

 "We have a terrific work force, a great group of employees, highly trained and skilled and it was  really big factor in making the decision to stay here in northeast Ohio," said President of ASHTA Chemicals Inc., Brad Westfall. "So for me, it's just as exciting to make this announcement for our employees and their families."  

One of those employees is John Metzler, who said he is both excited and relieved to know ASHTA plans to stay in northeast Ohio.

"We see a lot of companies and other companies that are leaving the area and this company is really committing to our area and helping us grow and helping us stay in this environment and this county," said Metzler. "So I'm really happy about that."

The chemical manufacturer is partnering with Jacobs Engineering Group and INEOS Technology to replace the plants "mercury cell process" with an environmentally friendly process called "membrane cell technology."

"Without mercury in the process, mercury will literally not be here on site anymore," said Westfall. "And it's just a terrific win for the environment for sure, and particularly the Great Lakes."

The conversion will also reduce the company's energy consumption by 20-percent. The upgrades are expected to be completed within 24 to 30 months.
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