Representative Comer Attends Groundbreaking Ceremony for Estron’s New Research and Development Center

With shovels in hand, the men above assisted with the groundbreaking ceremony at Estron Chemical in Calvert City on September 20, 2017. Left to right are, Chris Miller, Gene Colburn, Congressman James Comer, Herb Straub, Erich Ritzhaupt, Fred Allen, Alex Skora, Ben Hall, Dennis Gregory and Calvert City Mayor Lynn Jones.

With shovels in hand, the men above assisted with the groundbreaking ceremony at Estron Chemical in Calvert City on September 20, 2017. Left to right are, Chris Miller, Gene Colburn, Congressman James Comer, Herb Straub, Erich Ritzhaupt, Fred Allen, Alex Skora, Ben Hall, Dennis Gregory and Calvert City Mayor Lynn Jones.

Job growth is on the horizon as Estron Chemical in Calvert City, KY breaks ground on its new Research and Development Center on Wednesday, September 20, 2017. With support from the state of Kentucky, Estron’s $5M capital investment in the plant is part of their $10M infrastructure expansion over a 4 year period.

As a result of these investments, Estron expects to add up to 35 new jobs, over 20 of which have already been filled as part of the first phase of the capacity expansion.
The R&D center, designed by the award-winning firm Hastings Architects, is expected to be completed in mid-2018.

Pictured above, participating in the groundbreaking ceremony at Estron Chemical are, left to right, Angela Carnine, Jennifer Harrell, Anna Chizhikova, Hayleigh Feagin, Liz Dodd, Courtney Penney, Martha Devine, Cheryl Chilton and Lauren Panosh.

Pictured above, participating in the groundbreaking ceremony at Estron Chemical are, left to right, Angela Carnine, Jennifer Harrell, Anna Chizhikova, Hayleigh Feagin, Liz Dodd, Courtney Penney, Martha Devine, Cheryl Chilton and Lauren Panosh.

Estron had previously expanded their Calvert City plant in 2015 with a new 10,000-square-foot Global Support Center that added 54 new jobs at a cost of $4.9M.

Estron is an innovation-driven, Kentucky-based manufacturer of high performance specialty polymers for paints, coatings, adhesives and cosmetics. The company is a global leader in high-performance additive technology and exports its products around the world.

In the mid-1980’s, the company relocated to a 17-acre facility in Calvert City, KY, a major chemical manufacturing zone that is also home to multinational corporations. With the new location also came a new name: Estron Chemical. The company has over time developed a strong global presence throughout the coatings market, particularly powder, high-solids, coil, waterborne, UV/EB curable and nail varnishes.

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