Acquisition of ERCO Worldwide by Birch Hill Equity Partners, a Canadian private equity firm with over C$ 4 billion in capital under management and a history of driving growth in their investments and portfolio companies.
ERCO embarks on a multiyear project to upgrade its Valdosta plant to the latest ERCO Sodium chlorate technology. Project completion is scheduled for 2022 and it will add 11,000 tonnes per year of production.
Acquisition of International Dioxcide, Inc., of North Kingstown, Rhode Island, from Lanxess Corporation, adds new markets and capabilities in chlorine dioxide-related products and services.
Port Edwards chlor-alkali plant converted from mercury process to membrane process and expanded. Potassium carbonate plant decommissioned.
Thunder Bay, Ontario, City Road sodium chlorate plant decommissioned due to high electricity prices. Sodium chlorate dissolving facility added to Thunder Bay Broadway Avenue plant to supply truckloads of R2 and R8 sodium chlorate solution.
Port Edwards, Wisconsin chlor-alkali plant purchased from Vulcan Industries / Oxychem. Site start-up was 1967 under Wyandotte Chemical Company.
Sodium chlorate plants in Bruderheim, Alberta (started-up in 1990) and Hargrave, Manitoba (started-up in 2002) are purchased from Albchem Industries.