Hexion to expand manufacturing capacity for its ArmorBuilt Fire Protection product in Missoula, Montana, projected to come online in Q4 2022; product offers protection to materials such as wooden utility poles that can be exposed to fire risk

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COLUMBUS, Ohio , February 8, 2022 (press release) –

 

Additional Capacity to be placed at Missoula, Montana site 

Hexion is strategically strengthening its manufacturing footprint in support of its ArmorBuilt™ Fire Protection product through an expansion of its Missoula, Montana site. 

To meet the continued strong demand, Hexion previously announced two capacity expansions at its Portland, Oregon manufacturing site in 2021.  The Missoula site expansion will enable Hexion to significantly increase its capacity to serve customers more easily in the Western United States and beyond, which are areas prone to wildfires.  The new capacity is expected to come online in fourth quarter of 2022.

Hexion’s ArmorBuilt Fire Protection product offers a durable, fire mitigation safeguard for securing critical infrastructure. The state-of-the-art smart material that is triggered by heat protects a renewably sourced power infrastructure – wooden utility poles – while substantially minimizing the cost of disruption and repair. ArmorBuilt  has also passed two industry approved wildfire simulation burn tests for fire resistance  With its insulating and self-healing properties, ArmorBuilt provides a safe and reliable burn-prevention material for  a variety of industries that are potentially affected by fires, including wildfires.

“This geographic expansion underscores the strong market acceptance of this much-needed product that focuses on protecting critical infrastructure from fires,” said Sanjeev Rastogi, Senior Vice President, Global Resins. “Hexion has been providing high-performing adhesives for decades. We initially leveraged this expertise to develop a fire-retardant solution for more sustainable wooden utility poles and are actively developing additional applications for a variety of industries.  For example, we expect that ArmorBuilt can play a critical role in fire hardening protection for other critical infrastructure, as well as several residential and commercial applications. Going forward, we remain committed to expanding our portfolio and investing in innovative products that focus on improving safety and sustainability while expanding our manufacturing footprint to accommodate this growth.”

Additional information about Hexion’s ArmorBuilt Fire Protection can be found at https://pages.hexion.com/armorbuilt/utilities.

As previously announced, Hexion is working closely with one of the largest wood pole producers in North America to make ArmorBuilt wrap the specified solution for Pacific Gas & Electric Company to protect their utility pole infrastructure in wildfire prone areas.   Hexion also continues to strategically expand its manufacturing capabilities for other adhesive applications around the globe, such as the expansion of its Brimbank, Australia, site.

About Hexion Inc.

Based in Columbus, Ohio, Hexion Inc. is a global leader in thermoset resins. Hexion Inc. serves the global adhesive, coatings, and industrial markets through a broad range of thermoset technologies, specialty products and technical support for customers in a diverse range of applications and industries. Additional information about Hexion Inc. and its products is available at www.hexion.com.  

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