Kemira expanding operations in Richland County

December 12, 2019

Congratulations to Kemira and our partners in Richland County. With over two decades of success in Richland County, we are proud of Kemira’s long history and look forward to watching them continue to grow and thrive here in Central SC!

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For Immediate Release

December 12, 2019

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.

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“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.