Ohio-based Hexion Specialty Chemicals, Inc., announced that it will build a new production facility in Esslingen, Germany, to produce specialty epoxy resins used in the production of windmill blades for the wind energy market. The new, 10,000 square meter facility will include production and warehousing as well as an applications laboratory and offices. The facility will be a "blending only" operation and will not include chemical reactors. The new production facility will give way to a much smaller Hexion facility in nearby Stuttgart which is not suitable to continue to house the growing business operation. The 50 employees at the Stuttgart site will transfer to the Esslingen operation once it is commissioned late in the third quarter of 2009. Additional jobs may be created at the Esslingen location in the future as the business anticipates continued growth.
Hexion is one of the leading global suppliers of specialty epoxy resin systems to the wind energy market. The materials produced at the new plant in Esslingen will include bonding pastes and infusion resins used in the fabrication of wind turbine blades that power windmills in modern wind energy farms. Hexion's specialty epoxy resins provide the mechanical strength, durability, stress resistance and proven performance required of modern blades, which can be up to 40-60 meters in length.