ChemSpec's Supplier, Zochem, partnering with ARPM for Dickson, TN Plant Tour

Zochem & ARPM offering plant tour of its Dickson, TN, zinc oxide facility  


Dickson, TN - Zochem will host a plant tour event on Thursday, March 29. Highlighted as the newest zinc oxide production facility on earth, rubber industry executives will have an opportunity to tour the newest, state-of-the-art zinc oxide manufacturer on the planet, Zochem.

The Zochem leadership team has utilized it's more than 250-years of combined experience in zinc oxide manufacturing to improve its plant's capabilities. Cutting-edge improvements in key steps in the production process have significantly improved the end product, such as a new pneumatic conveyor, new control systems, and a self-designed/high-efficiency product filter collector. Additionally, the entire company’s culture is safety-driven.

This safety-mind culture is top-driven, has transformed the workforce, and can be seen throughout the entire company. Their safety record is impeccable and stretches back over 1,644 days without a medical aid accident. The continuous improvement culture has noticeably impacted operational results allowing Zochem to significantly grow their business in just three years from zero sales to North America’s largest zinc oxide manufacturer. During this plant tour event, executives from ARPM member companies and special guests will have an amazing opportunity to tour the state-of-the-art facility in Dickson, TN, while increasing their knowledge of how instrumental zinc oxide is in each of our lives.

During the tour, participating executives will gain new ideas and have the opportunity to challenge traditional paradigms and their own vision of manufacturing throughout.

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ChemSpec's Partnering Supplier Zinc Oxide LLC Acquires Zochem

ChemSpec’s Partnering Supplier Zinc Oxide LLC Acquires Zochem

UNIONTOWN, OH— Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - CHEMSPEC, LTD. announces partnering supplier Zinc Oxide LLC acquires Zochem, a subsidiary of American Zinc Recycling LLC.  This acquisition positionsZinc Oxide as the largest producer of zinc oxide in North America. 

Founded in 1933, Zochem has been located in Brampton, Ontario since 1974.  Led by a team of industry veterans, Zinc Oxide LLC began in 2013 and has rapidly established itself as a major player in the market.  The acquisition includes all of Zochem’s manufacturing operations and product lines.  Both the Brampton and Dickson facilities will continue to manufacture with the French Process method exclusively, as this method produces zinc oxide with the most consistent quality and highest purity.  Zochem’s extensive domestic and global distribution network will also remain in place.  The combined company will continue to supply zinc oxide to the tire, rubber, chemical, electronics, agricultural, plastics, USP/pharma, ceramics markets, and more.  (Zinc Oxide LLC 2017)

Zinc Oxide, LLC, Dickson, TN & Zochem, Inc., Brampton, Ontario (image property of Zinc Oxide, LLC 

Zinc Oxide, LLC, Dickson, TN & Zochem, Inc., Brampton, Ontario (image property of Zinc Oxide, LLC 

According to Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Ed Smith, Zinc Oxide LLC, “The acquisition of Zochem demonstrates our commitment to being the leading supplier of zinc oxide in North America.  This move will benefit customers by ensuring a stable source for any grade of the highest quality zinc oxide.  In addition, many customers will benefit from reduced shipping costs and transit times, given approximately 80% of the North American zinc oxide market is within a 500 mile radius of our two plants.” 

Smith continued, “Our team is very excited about working with our new colleagues at Zochem.  The combination of personnel, expanded sales network and facilities gives us the best of the best.  With our added depth of capabilities and global reach, the new company has tremendous growth opportunities.”

ChemSpec, Ltd. is a regional distributor for Zinc Oxide LLC in the United States.  The combined company will enhance ChemSpec’s customer base with their added capabilities.  Chris Wagner, ChemSpec’s Marketing & Law Director explains “this new venture enables both companies to continue to serve our customers with quality products and we look forward to expanding the zinc oxide market.”

For more information about Zinc Oxide, LLC  contact Chris Wagner, Marketing and Law Director at:  cwagner@chemspecltd.com or 330.958.4316 or visit our website at:  www.chemspecltd.com


ChemSpec, Ltd. is a Uniontown, Ohio-based management-owned chemical distribution firm. ChemSpec is a subsidiary of Paris,  France-based Safic-Alcan. ChemSpec, Ltd. also has a Mexican subsidiary (ChemSpec MÉXICO). ChemSpec distributes specialty and commodity chemical additives and specialty polymers into the North American elastomer mixing industry, as well as coatings, adhesive/sealant, inks, plastics and cosmetics compounding market segments.  All of ChemSpec’s products are competitively priced and backed by a customer service support team that is unparalleled in the industry.