Franklin, Louisiana, USA
Our facility in Franklin prides itself on being active in community affairs, consistently striving to make a positive and lasting difference in the lives of the people who live and work in our community.
We have been manufacturing carbon black since 1952. Today, approximately 150 employees produce more than 70 grades of carbon blacks for elastomer reinforcement and specialty carbons. With six manufacturing units, we serve customers throughout North America.
Safety is the top priority in everything we do. We follow the most stringent safety, health and environmental (SH&E) procedures to ensure the wellbeing of all our employees, contractors, visitors and neighbors.
Always active in community affairs, our employees participate in a variety of community and charity initiatives throughout the year. As a result, we have received a number of awards recognizing our employees' contributions.
Clean Energy Center
As the result of a partnership with Cleco Power, our St. Mary Clean Energy Center generates 50-megawatts of electricity through the recovery of waste heat from our carbon black plant.
The center generates enough energy to power 17,000 homes without producing any associated emissions. The waste heat captured from our plant produces steam that drives a 50-megawatt turbine generator to produce electricity with zero emissions.
Community Outreach & Social Responsibility
Business of the Year Award
We were recently awarded Business of The Year by the Greater St. Mary Chamber of Commerce for our contributions to the local community.
We are committed to supporting the communities where we live and work, and this award is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our team in Franklin, Louisiana to assist local organizations.
Centerville Fire Department
We recently provided a grant through the Cabot Foundation for approximately $40,000 to help the Centerville Volunteer Fire Department purchase much needed equipment.
The fire department was operating 25 plus year old extrication tools and with the new tools they can extricate patients/victims quicker so they can receive medical care in a timely fashion. The Centerville Volunteer Fire Department provides fire protection and emergency response services to the surrounding local communities and operates as the first responder for our Canal plant emergency events.
Engineering and Technology Week
We recently participated in the Engineering and Technology week at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Our teams in Ville Platte and Canal were proud to provide a $2,500 sponsorship for this important event.
Engineering & Technology Week is the College of Engineering’s premier recruiting event that celebrates the fields of engineering and technology while highlighting the college as an excellent education and research institution. Throughout the week, more than 2,500 high school students, teachers, counselors, parents, industry experts, exhibitors, and leaders as well as UL Lafayette students, faculty, staff, alumni, and administration participated in the week’s activities.
100 Blackmen of St. Mary Parish Partnership
We recently partnered with our Black Employees and Allies United (BEAU) Employee Resource Group to secure a $10,000 grant for 100 Blackmen of St. Mary Parish.
The mission of the 100 Blackmen of St. Mary Parish is to improve the quality of life for African Americans and other minorities in the community through educational and economic resourcing as well as mentorship opportunities. Recently, we sponsored The 100 Blackmen of St. Mary’s 3rd Annual Soul Food Festival in celebration of the Juneteenth holiday.
Toys for Tots Drive
Every year during the holiday season, current and retired employees support the local Toys for Tots Foundation. We donate a truckload of toys and an additional $1,200.00 to the program, working to make the holiday season brighter for local children.
Earth Day Celebration
In celebration of Earth Day, our team members recently cruised along Franklin’s Main Street and Bayou Teche Drive picking up litter along the historic route. This was the seventh year that we have participated in the clean-up day.