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Kemira expanding operations in Richland County

Company investing $20 million into project

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Kemira, a global chemicals company, today announced plans to expand operations in Richland County, investing $20 million into the project.

Founded in 1920 and headquartered in Finland, Kemira has more than 4,900 employees worldwide. The company utilizes chemistry to add optimal quality; functionality and strength to paper and board products; ensure the safety and hygiene of water and food packaging; and maximize yield from energy resources.

Located at 191 Water Station Road in Eastover, S.C., the company’s expansion is expected to be completed in 2020.

Individuals interested in learning more about Kemira can visit https://www.kemira.com/company/.


“We greatly appreciate the opportunity to partner with Richland County officials on the expansion at our Eastover facility. This investment in our plant demonstrates our long term commitment to the pulp and paper industry, our customers and the dedicated employees who work hard to make our business a success.” -Kemira Senior Vice President of Commercial – North America Billy Ford

“When a company grows in South Carolina, it shows that we are one of the best places in the world to be doing business. Kemira’s decision to expand operations in Richland County is further testament to our exceptional workforce and business-friendly environment.” -Gov. Henry McMaster

“We’re excited to celebrate the continued success of our state’s thriving business-friendly climate. We offer our congratulations to Kemira on their new investment and we look forward to supporting them as they continue to grow in our state.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“With more than 20 years of business in Richland County, Kemira is a prime example of the long-term success a company can experience in our community. Kemira’s expansion is a testament to the fact that businesses can thrive and grow here and then reinvest back into the county.” -Richland County Council Chair Paul Livingston


  • Kemira is expanding operations in Richland County.
  • The company is investing $20 million.
  • Kemira is a chemistry company with a focus on sustainability.
  • Located at 191 Water Station Road in Eastover, S.C.
  • The expansion is expected to be complete in 2020. 

About S.C. Department of Commerce
As South Carolina’s leading economic development agency, the Department of Commerce works to recruit new businesses and help existing business grow. S.C. Commerce has recruited world-class companies to South Carolina such as BMW, Boeing, Continental, Giti Tire, LPL Financial Holdings, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Samsung, Toray and Volvo Cars and also supports startups, small and existing business, innovation and rural development initiatives. S.C. Commerce partners with the S.C. Technical College System via readySC to support workforce training and recruiting, and with the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce, which provides worker training and employment opportunities within the state. With a strong international footprint, the Palmetto State was among the top in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign investment on a per capita basis in 2018 – extending its streak of top five finishes since 2011. Additionally, the state has won the Gold or Silver Shovel Award from Area Development magazine every year since 2011; and, in 2017, the state was recognized as Business Facilities’ State of the Year. For more information, visit www.SCcommerce.com.

Alex Clark, CMP
Director of Marketing & Communications
South Carolina Department of Commerce
(803) 737-1998


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