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26 fascinating chemical companies leading U.S. growth

Posted by IndustryNet on Wednesday, October 4, 2017

100000116LeadingChemicalCompaniesIndustryNet’s most recent overview of U.S. chemical companies found the sector has posted some positive growth, adding 1.5% to its workforce over the past year and bringing in a robust $850 billion in sales. Today, the industry is one of the leading sectors in America, and with over 70,000 products, U.S. chemical companies continue to change and evolve.

Today, IndustryNet takes a look at some of the top chemical companies in the U.S.

Top 10 Companies by Number of Employees

Do the best companies require the most employees? In the world of automation, it is difficult to tell. These are the top ten chemical companies in the U.S. by number of people employed.

10. E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Co.

Coming in at number ten on the list is E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Co. Based out of Wilmington, Del., du Pont uses scientific innovations to shape the world. It originally started as a gunpowder mill company in 1802.

9. Westlake Chemical Corp.

Based out of Lake Charles, La., Westlake creates plastic products, petrochemicals, and fabricated building products. The company is the largest producer of low-density polyethylene in the United States.

8. BASF Corporation

BASF Corp's Florham Park, N.J., location deals in creating chemistry for sustainable fuel types and planning for the future. They are the largest affiliate of BASF SE and the second largest producer and marketer of chemical products in all of North America.

7. Eastman Chemical Company - Texas Operations

In Longview, Texas, lies Eastman Chemical, a leader in producing ethylene, propylene, and various other chemicals. In 1994, Eastman Chemical was spun off from another little-known Eastman company called Kodak.

6. Shell Chemical Co.

Comprised of over seventy companies, the Shell Chemical Co. controls its subsidiares from Deer Park, Texas, where it deals in fuel-related chemical products.

5. Dow Chemical Co. - Plaquemine

Dow Chemical Company produces everyday products for all consumers. The company combines innovation with science and technology to help boost productivity in various sectors, including but not limited to agriculture, transportation, consumer care, packaging, electronics and infrastructure.

4. Dow Chemical Co. - Midland

This site produces industrial chemicals and houses 1,530 employees.

3. LyondellBasell Industries

In Channelview, Texas, is the largest plastic manufacturer in the country. Chemicals and refining companies alike benefit from the work of LyondellBasell Industries every single day.

2. Eastman Chemical Co.

Hailing from Kingsport, TN, Eastman produces some of the largest volumes of specialty additives that are used in everyday consumer products.

1. Exxon Mobil Chemical Co.

In Spring, Tenn., Exxon Mobil Chemical Co. produces petrochemicals and polymer products and houses the largest number of employees in any chemical manufacturer plant in the United States.

Top 10 Companies by Square FootageLeading_Chemical_Companies2

When you produce anything in large quantities, you need the space to manufacture and store it. The companies listed below are the top chemical manufacturing companies in the U.S. based on warehouse square footage.

10. Symrise, Inc.

In Jacksonville, Fla., Symrise produces flavorings, perfume chemicals and essential oils. Their facility is one of the largest chemical facilities in all of Florida. Since 2006, the company has purchased nine other chemical companies in order to broaden its range of services.

9. Lubrizol Corp.

When it comes to consumer transportation-related chemicals, Lubrizol Corp's location in Painesville, Ohio, delivers everything that a customer could want.

8. Ineos, LLC

With over 17,000 employees, Ineos also has their Lima, Ohio location to add to their massive footprint of space. While still a relatively young 25-year-old company, Ineos has skyrocketed to over $40 billion in annual revenue.

7. BASF Corp.

BASF Corp's Palmyra, Mo. location deals in creating chemistry for sustainable fuel types and planning for the future. They are the largest affiliate of BASF SE and the second largest producer and marketer of chemical products in all of North America.

6. Occidental Chemical Corp.

Hailing from Geismar, La., Occidental is the leading American manufacturer of PVC material and chlorine, as well as caustic soda products.

5. Arkema, Inc.

Out of Piffard, N.Y., Arkema deals in far too many types of chemical products to list. Their best-known chemical product is Accolade, which has been a key factor in the burgeoning size of their facilities.

4. Merck Cherokee

Centered in Riverside, Pa., Merck deals in medical chemicals, such as vaccines, and consumer animal health products that are used all around the world.

3. OXEA Corporation

Based out of Bay City, Texas, OXEA hosts a 15.9 million square foot facility. OXEA plans to increase their facility sizes in the coming years to rival those of the top two companies on this list.


Out of Eunice, N.M., and one of the youngest big-league chemical companies in the United States, URENCO deals in high-grade industrial chemicals. They are also ground-breakers when it comes to new construction and utilizing clean technologies.

1. ALTIVIA Petrochemicals, LLC

Out of Haverhill, Ohio, ALTIVIA also controls another headquarters in Houston, Texas, where they continue to produce large-scale batches of industrial petrochemicals. Their facility size and overall square footage rivals that of every other company in their class.

Top 5 Companies by Employee Growth

Employee growth and totals are merely numbers. But when you look at how quickly a company can grow and how fast they can expand their workforce, you can see the efficiencies of their operations, and how competently they are able to conduct their growth as a company.

5. Bayer

Everyone knows Bayer for their aspirin. Out of Research Triangle Park, N.C., they produce medical-grade chemicals on a range from consumer products all the way up to major grade chemicals for industrial use.

4. Ascend Performance Materials, LLC

From Alvin, Texas, Ascend focuses primarily on plastic materials and associated chemicals, also producing fibers and supply chemicals. Regarding employment growth, they have the potential to ascend to the position of number one for fastest employee growth in all chemical industries in 2018.

3. Monsanto Co.

From Luling, La., Monsanto covers chemical brands such as weed controlling spray and chemicals managing insects and disease. They are leading the forefront of farm-based chemical production.

2. Huntsman International, LLC

Based in The Woodlands, Texas, Huntsman International manufactures various chemicals including those used for transportation needs, home life, construction and energy.

1. Sasol Chemicals North America, LLC

As the leader in employee growth, Sasol comes out of Westlake, La., and is currently building a peerless petrochemical complex. Their integrated chemical and energy divisions put them at the top for employee growth.

Top 5 Companies by Sales Growth

In the end, it always comes down to the bottom line. These are the five largest companies in terms of annual sales revenue, with the fastest growth of sales overall.

5. Servco Chemicals, Inc.

Out of Lubbock, Texas, Servco produces exponential growth and climbs the charts with their vast levels of production, leading to a profound rise in annual sales growth.

4. Beaver Research Co.

Beaver Research Co. conducts business in Portage, Mich., and boasts of itself as one of the best chemical companies around. They are also leaders in maintenance systems and grounds care, proving their versatility.

3. Hillyard, Inc.

Hailing from Manchester, Conn., the Hillyard cleaning business is over a century old. With super-intensive degreasing and cleaning products, their company continues to move forward with innovative hygiene and cleaning solutions.

2. DiversiTech Corp.

Coming in as the second largest chemical corporation for growth out of Duluth, Ga., DiversiTech focuses on a wide range of chemicals. Their mission for both contractors and wholesaler partners is simply to simplify their work.

1. ICM Products

Centered in Cassopolis, Mich., ICM focuses primarily on silicone products and defoamers. They have relied heavily on their engineers' vast years of experience to propel them to becoming the most profitable chemical corporation in America.

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