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Stockmeier Urethanes

Stockmeier Urethanes USA, Making the CASE for West Virginia

A 35,000 square foot CASE (Coatings, Adhesives, Sealants and Elastomer) urethane blending plant in Harrison County, West Virginia
First North American production plant for German polyurethane system supplier Stockmeier Kunststoffe GmbH & Co. KG
Broke ground for plant construction in late 2003
Modern automated facility designed to be safe, efficient, clean and easy to use
Recruited entire work force — including plant operators, chemists and mangers — through West Virginia Job Service

Stockmeier Urethanes USA is a CASE (Coatings, Adhesives, Sealants and Elastomers) urethane blender.

Parent company Stockmeier Urethanes develops, produces and sells polyurethane systems. It constructed a production facility in Germany in 1991 and a second in France in 1996. In 2003, the corporation broke ground for a new full-size manufacturing operation in Clarksburg. The West Virginia site established the global urethane supplier’s first production enterprise in North America.

The automated plant is designed for ease of use, safety and efficiency. Unlike the industry’s aging factories, the new West Virginia plant is built to concentrate solely on polyurethane products. Applications include sports surfaces such as running tracks, children’s playgrounds and artificial turf; decorative surfaces; weather-resistant elastomers for roofs, parking decks and trucks; structural adhesives are available for industrial applications; casting resins for cable, electrical and technical applications; and ancillary products such as cleaners and catalysts.

West Virginia is located within overnight reach of 50% of the U.S. population. The state’s proximity to major centers of commerce, combined with its extensive network of interstates and highways, puts Stockmeier Urethanes USA within easy reach of raw materials and customers across the country, said Vice President and Operations Manager Michael Robinson.

“In all my hiring history, I have never obtained a better, brighter, more dedicated group of employees,” said Robinson. “We filled all the positions, including management, through the West Virginia Job Service. Working with the Job Service gave us excellent results, and allowed me to focus more of my attention on building the plant.”