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Northeast

Solenis

solenis manufactures chemicals
and control systems used to
treat and purify water.

evolving regulations," Panichella
said in a statement.

Investing Globally
Catering to a worldwide customer
base is about more than developing
the right mix of products; it's about
being near to clients. Solenis operates
30 manufacturing facilities around the
globe, including research and development facilities at its headquarters
in Wilmington, Del., and in Krefeld,

Brazil, and Shanghai. The customer
applications labs are home to Solenis'
analytical capabilities, comprehensive paper testing and water analysis
resources, the company says.
When Solenis split from Ashland
Inc. and became an independent company, it needed a new central location
from which to manage its global operations and 3,500 employees. The company established its headquarters at a
40,000-square-foot facility in Wilm-

"we are definitely proud of our reputation. but
we're also committed to looking ahead, using the
experience we bring to anticipate and solve the
water challenges of the future."
Germany. Wilmington and Krefeld
are also home to two of Solenis' many
regional customer applications laboratories, which can also be found in
Barendrecht, the Netherlands, Leme,
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ington in spring 2015. The company
already had 209 team members at its
former headquarters, but the new facility will allow Solenis to add another
122 full-time positions in the IT, legal,

sales and financial fields, according to
the state of Delaware. Those job additions earned Solenis a $1,084,200
strategic fund performance grant and
a capital expenditure grant worth up
to $16,197.
"Solenis is proud to continue the
rich heritage of specialty chemical
companies headquartered in the state
of Delaware," Panichella said in a
statement announcing the new jobs.
"The strategic fund grant will help us
grow our business and expand employment opportunities offered by
Solenis in Delaware."
The company continues to look
for new ways to grow and continues
to capitalize on acquisition opportunities. On April 1, Solenis made a
key investment when it purchased all
the assets of the Connell Bros. Co.,
an international marketing company
and distributor of specialty industrial
chemicals to Pacific Rim clients.
Connell Bros. previously acted as
one of Solenis' partners in the region,
but the buyout will allow Solenis to
offer total solutions to customers
in the region. "India is now the fastest-growing pulp and papermaking
country in the world with 10.5 million
tons of paper and board production,
and represents a significant growth
opportunity for Solenis," Panichella
said in a statement.
Solenis has also made other acquisition moves to shore up its business since becoming independent.
In February 2015, Solenis acquired
Clearwater Specialties LLC, a Washington-based specialty chemical company in the tissue and towel market.
At the time of the acquisition, Solenis'
plan was to leverage its large channel
to market and service-focused business model to offer Clearwater technologies to its global customer base,
according to the company.


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