May 10, 2019
Ingevity opens new operations center in Waynesboro
WAYNESBORO, Georgia, May 9, 2019 – Ingevity today celebrated the official grand opening of its new operations center in Waynesboro. The new development is the final phase of the plant’s expansion project which began in 2016. Approximately 50 guests attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony and toured the new state-of-the-art facility, including Waynesboro mayor Greg Carswell; Amy Carter of the Georgia Department of Economic Development; Preston Conner, chairman of the Burke County Development Authority; Ingevity president and CEO Michael Wilson; and other local dignitaries.
The manufacturing facility’s growth is a result of demand for its honeycomb scrubbers used with automotive gasoline vapor control systems. The scrubbers are a key component of Ingevity’s solutions that are used to meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Tier 3 and California LEV III emission standards. To keep up with the orders for these products, the plant has more than quadrupled its workforce, invested in team development and began rotating shifts on a new four-shift schedule.
“The Ingevity plant in Waynesboro began operations over 16 years ago, with only 40 employees,” said John Nichols, plant manager. “In the last three years, we’ve physically expanded our existing manufacturing facility, built a new operations center, added equipment and increased our production lines. We now have 230 employees, and we’re looking to hire 50 additional employees in 2019.”
“Ingevity has played a vital role in our community,” said Preston Conner, chairman, Burke County Development Authority. “We are excited to see that the automotive sector is continuing to grow in Burke County. This new expansion is another sign of Ingevity’s dedication to the entire region.”
The new operations center will house the plant’s leadership team, engineers and administrative professionals. It is equipped with a training room for continued employee development initiatives and a gym to encourage employee wellness.
Ingevity: Purify, Protect and Enhance
Ingevity provides specialty chemicals, high-performance carbon materials and engineered polymers that purify, protect, and enhance the world around us. Through a team of talented and experienced people, Ingevity develops, manufactures, and brings to market products and processes that help customers solve complex problems. These products are used in a variety of demanding applications, including asphalt paving, oil exploration and production, agrochemicals, adhesives, lubricants, publication inks, coatings, elastomers, bio-plastics and automotive components that reduce gasoline vapor emissions. Headquartered in North Charleston, South Carolina, Ingevity operates from 25 locations around the world and employs approximately 1,750 people. The company is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: NGVT). For more information visit www.ingevity.com.