Specialty Polymers adding space, jobs to Chester County facility


Specialty Polymers, Inc., a manufacturer of water-based emulsion polymers and adhesive substances, is undertaking a $5.5 million expansion of its Chester County operations center, which will create five new jobs by the end of the year.

“In 1997, when Specialty Polymers selected South Carolina to be the home of our new East Coast facility, we knew we were making the right decision,” President and CEO Sheryl Southwell said. “Our continued investment in our Chester facility reflects our commitment to the state. We appreciate the business-friendly approach of the state of South Carolina, the county and the city. We also appreciate the great employees who have been instrumental in our success.”

The expansion of the facility on Old Richburg Road in Chester will increase the current production area, creating space to install a 6,000-gallon emulsion polymer reactor system, which will be used to make water-based polymers.

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley applauded Specialty Polymers for making the investment in the state’s economy. 

“It’s always exciting to see one of our businesses prove how committed it is to South Carolina by expanding its operations and creating new jobs here,” Haley said. “Specialty Polymers’ $5.5 million investment is huge news for the Chester community, and we look forward to watching this company continue to grow there for many years to come.” 

Hiring for the new positions will take place in December.

“South Carolina’s manufacturing industry continues to thrive, and today’s announcement by Specialty Polymers just reinforces that notion,” South Carolina’s Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt said. “Moving forward, I am excited to support the company as they continue to succeed and create opportunities for South Carolinians and residents of Chester County.”

Those interested in applying for open positions should contact Lisa Burrell at scjobs@specpoly.com.

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