A fixture in the Charleston lowcountry located on the iconic Cooper River, MWV’s Charleston, South Carolina, plant spans approximately 38 acres and employs nearly 220 people. Derived from the wood pulping process of paper mills, we manufacture chemicals sold to companies worldwide.Our rosin derivatives are used in paper size, and our emulsifiers are used in manufacturing rubber. We also manufacture additives used in soaps and detergents, coatings, lubricants, dimers, mining, and construction chemicals. Our derivatives are also used in the oilfield drilling market, and our residuals are used in the fuels and firelog markets. Our Charleston plant also produces dispersants for the crop protection and dyestuff markets.
The Charleston plant is part of MWV’s Specialty Chemicals Division, also headquartered in Charleston. MWV Specialty Chemicals serves customers through its worldwide sales and customer service network. A global supplier of premium specialty chemicals products and distinctive technologies, MWV Specialty Chemicals has production capabilities on four continents- North America, South America, Asia and Europe.
Employees at our Charleston chemical plant participate in community outreach activities supporting agencies such as Red Cross blood drives, the United Way, the March of Dimes, the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association.
They also conduct an annual charitable contribution drive, which has supported programs such as Metanoia, Lowcountry Food Bank, Families Helping Families, Charleston County School District's First Day and Jenkins Orphanage.
Our MWV Charleston chemical plant sponsors a Community Advisory Panel to strengthen relations with neighboring communities and provide a forum for discussion of issues of mutual interest. Meetings are held at least five times per year.
Rosin and Fatty Acid Products
Our facility in North Charleston, South Carolina refines tall oil soap, a byproduct recovered from pulp mills, into rosin and fatty acids. Fatty acids are used in paints, corrosion inhibitors and other industrial applications. Rosin is used to make paper size, a coating which imparts moisture-resistance to paper and paperboard. It is also used to make tackifying resins for inks and adhesives as well as reagents to produce synthetic rubber.
The facility also makes high value-added products from the lignin found in spent pulping liquor. Lignin, a natural polymer that binds the fibers together in wood, is the basis for many specialty chemicals products. Once regarded as a waste product in paper manufacturing, lignin research and development has led to its use in dyeing polyester fibers, dispersing pesticides and emulsifying asphalt.