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MFG Chemical upgrades pilot plant in Dalton, GA


9th December 2019
MFG Chemical, a global leader in specialty and custom chemical manufacturing has completed an upgrade of its pilot plant in Dalton, Georgia.
 
MFG Chemical is a leading specialty and custom chemical manufacturer for a variety of global markets, including personal care, agriculture, asphalt, graphic arts, lubricants, mining, oilfield, paints & coatings, pulp & paper and water treatment. Major chemistries manufactured include amides, esters, imidazolines, polymers and surfactants.

MFG has upgraded a 100 gallon stainless steel reactor, which produces hot oil and steam reactions up to 550 degrees Fahrenheit. The pilot has internal cooling coils, two top feed ports; one bottom (dip tube) feed port, a pack column condenser, a reflux column, standard tube condenser, a small distillation column and a vacuum capability at 8 Torr. The 100 gallon reactor now sits on a mezzanine 12 inches off the floor, with new insulation.  There has also been a pressure cleaning and general upgrading of the entire pilot plant.
 
According to MFG’s Chief Science and Technology Officer, Guido DeStefano, “This 100 gallon pilot plant reactor is worth its weight in gold. It is popular with customers because it produces one and two drum sized quantities of the needed specialty chemicals for evaluation and use prior to total scale up. It is also used for internal studies to optimize process and improve safety.“
 
CEO Keith Arnold added, “This is a very useful pilot plant, because it meets our customers’ small quantity needs, without tying up an entire manufacturing plant. We will plan to add a second 100 gallon pilot reactor as customer needs continue to grow.”