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Our History |
Our Products and Markets |
Commitment to Safety
and the Environment | Community
1112 Lincoln Road
Birdsboro, PA 19508
Arkema’s Birdsboro facility began operations in 1971 as Rilsan Industrial,
Inc. The company name was derived from the trade name Rilsan® Nylon 11,
after the river "Risle" which flows beside our sister plant in Serquigny,
France. Throughout our history, the plant has been an important
contributor to the Birdsboro and Berks County economy. Today, our plant
employs 96 people and annually contributes more than $7 million to the
As part of Arkema, the Birdsboro facility plays a key role in a business
that reaches throughout the world. Arkema Inc. (formerly ATOFINA, Inc.)
was a name change that occurred in October 2004.
Our Products and Markets
The Birdsboro plant produces Rilsan® Nylon 11 and 12 thermoplastic resins,
which are known for their outstanding chemical/abrasion/impact and
moisture resistance, dimensional stability and easy processability by a
variety of markets. The automotive and trucking industry is one of the
major markets for Nylon 11 and 12. They are used for fuel line tubing,
fuel fittings, vapor lines, pumps and air brakes. We also produce
Copolymer Pebax® resins which are used in such applications as cycling and
sport shoes, watch bands, ski boots, golf balls and other recreational
It is noteworthy that the Birdsboro facility and its sister plant in
Serquigny, France are the only producers of Nylon 11 in the world.
Commitment to Safety
and the Environment
Throughout the production and distribution process, our plant keeps safety
and environmental protection at the forefront. In recognition of the
importance of our employees' health and safety, we have established
diligent training and monitoring programs. We're proud of the fact that we
have not had an employee lost time injury in four years. Several times,
this plant has received the prestigious "President's Platinum Award,"
presented by Arkema’s president to plants which set standards in safety
excellence. We are also proud that the Birdsboro plant has received
multiple honors from both the American Chemistry Council and the
Manufacturers Association of Berks County in recognition of its high
achievement in employee health and safety. An active behavioral-based
safety process, comprised of employees from all areas of the plant, is
instrumental in fostering the safety culture of our plant on a daily
The Birdsboro plant is an active participant in E3 (Enhancing
Environmental Excellence), a corporate initiative to optimize
environmental management within the manufacturing structure, minimize the
impact of our operations on the surrounding environment, and pursue
long-term sustainable strategies for maintaining environmental excellence.
Our focus is to reduce waste, emissions, and discharges and to improve
efficiency in energy usage. Arkema is also part of Responsible Care®, an
industry-wide initiative among members of the American Chemistry Council.
Through Responsible Care, our industry demonstrates its continuing
commitment to health, safety and the environment.
As a corporate citizen of Birdsboro, Arkema supports a
variety of local organizations and events. Our plant contributes
financially to many worthy causes, particularly those projects that
benefit the youth of our community. We are very involved in the activities
of our local elementary and high schools, and we strive to promote science
and chemistry through participation in National Chemistry Week events,
science fairs, sponsorship of educators in annual "Teachers, Industry and
the Environment" (TIE) workshops, and hosting a week-long session of the
Arkema "Science Teacher Program" for elementary school teachers during the
summer. Local science teachers spend a week studying experiment kits with
the help of a plant scientist. The program is designed to help science
teachers expand and enhance their science teaching skills.
A growing number of our employees are donating their time to improve the
community in which we work and live. We are especially proud of our
"partnership" with a local elementary school in a project called the
"Special Friends Program." In this unique program, some of our employees
invest their time as mentors to individual students once a week during the
school day to help meet their emotional, social and academic needs.