Arez LLC Opens in Crossett, Arkansas - U.S.A.
|Constantin Schmidt, CEO, cuts the ribbon with Dr. Helmut Schmidt,|
Director, and John L. Smith, President, looking on.
President John Smith announces the opening of Arez LLC, in Crossett, Arkansas. Arez LLC is a partially-owned subsidiary of Arez International, Ltd., and is a manufacturing facility designed to produce over 30 million pounds of resins for the North American lithographic and publication gravure printing ink markets. The production capacity of Arez LLC supplements production of the Arez International plants in Gaoyao, China.
During the grand opening ribbon-cutting ceremony held on May 30, 2012, at the Arez LLC facility in the Crossett Industrial Park, Dr. Helmut Schmidt, Director, stated that “Arez has found a wealth of highly-trained, motivated workers in the Crossett area”. With the opening of the new U.S. facility, Arez International management looks forward to a stable base from which to grow their North American business.
The management team of Arez LLC, led by Keith Long, Plant Manager, includes Joe Carello, Human Resources Manager, Billy LaFoon, Maintenance Manager and Plant Engineer, Melissa Martin, Controller, Pratima Shreshta, Quality Control Manager, and Karen Tyson, Purchasing Manager.
|Reporting to Dirk Van Heddegem, VP of Technology, Pratima|
Shreshta, Quality Control Manager, is shown with members of
her staff in the Arez LLC Quality Control lab.
Purchasing of Arez products within the Americas will continue to be done through Arez U.S., whose General Manager is Roxanna Wagner, located in the Arez U.S. office in Mendham, New Jersey. The product line of Arez LLC will be PM1600, ER1600, RE3600, and PG5600 series to differentiate them from the Chinese produced PM1000, 1100, 1200, and 1300, ER1000, RE3000, and PG5200 series.
Arez LLC bases its source of primary raw materials on environmentally friendly, renewable resources. The selection of pine chemicals as our primary raw material is designed to produce a lower carbon foot print and this differentiates Arez resins from those produced with hydrocarbon derived feedstock. Pine chemicals are derived from raw materials from the forestry sector (wood, pulp and paper processes). These co-products include crude tall oil, black liquor soap, crude sulfate turpentine and sawdust. Using these co-products is a classic example of efforts to make the most efficient use of resources by literally trying to utilize every part of a tree that is harvested.
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|Arez LLC, U.S. Headquarters Crossett, Arkansas.|
|Billy LaFoon, Plant Engineer, Keith Long, Plant Manager, and David Dawood, VP of International Operations, return from inspecting the completed packaging facility. |
Inventory of Arez LLC resin in the warehouse awaiting delivery.
|Pratima Shreshta, Quality Control Manager, Karen Tyson, Purchasing Manager, Billy LaFoon, Maintenance Manager and Plant Engineer, Joe Carello, Human Resources Manager, Keith Long, Plant Manager, and Melissa Martin, Controller, welcome you to Arez LLC.|
|Employees of Arez LLC attending the grand opening ceremony.|
|Roxanna Wagner, General Manager of Arez U.S. in Mendham, N.J.|