CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia Governor Jim Justice announced Wednesday evening at the annual State of the State 2023 Address that TCL Specialties LLC (TCLS), a subsidiary of TCL (Thirumalai Chemicals Limited, India), will be breaking ground this month for two manufacturing facilities in Marshall County, West Virginia – one to make food ingredients (malic and fumaric acids) and the second to make maleic anhydride.
TCL Chairman Sarathy said these facilities will be located just outside of Moundsville and housed within the Covestro New Martinsville Industrial Park, which will provide various important utilities and services to TCL.
These facilities will make and market 30,000 tons/year (66 mio. lbs./year) of food ingredients and
25,000 tons/year (55 mio. lbs./year) of maleic anhydride from butane, respectively. These food
ingredients are widely used in beverages, confectionary, seasoning, pharmaceuticals, and animals
feed, among many other products. Maleic anhydride is used in reinforced polymers, coatings and a variety of other applications.
This investment will satisfy the growing demand for these products in the United States and reduce import dependence, while also exporting significant volumes to Latin America and Western Europe.
This investment of approximately $150 million will be the first of a three-phase project by TCL
petrochemicals and fine chemicals from NGL and other feed stocks. The first phase of this project is expected to create about 200 jobs during construction and 50 full-time local jobs, as well as a
significant number of support services and other employment opportunities.
“I am so excited to make this announcement today,” said Governor Jim Justice. “TCL is investing
$150 million into our state, which will in turn create good-paying jobs and add to the growing
economy in Marshall County. The hard-working people of the Mountain State, as well as the leaders from TCL and our state offices will be a catalyst for this business to thrive and prosper in West Virginia, I’m sure of it.”
Modular construction of the plant started about a year ago at locations in the United States, India, Europe and Japan. Site construction begins in January 2023 and production is expected to begin by mid-2024.
“We are excited to welcome TCL to Marshall County, West Virginia,” said the WV Department of
Economic Development Secretary Mitch Carmichael. “Our prime location, mixed with the world-class workforce we have here and our hard-working state officials, is the perfect business climate to ensure that the company will thrive in our great state. I am excited to watch the operation grow when they start building and then producing in 2024.”
The technology, design and engineering are provided by TCL, which has been producing these
products in India and Malaysia for more than 30 years. More than 90 percent of the energy (power and heat) for manufacturing and utilities are designed to come from surplus heat from the process. This enables a very low carbon footprint.
“The Marshall County Commission is very pleased to play an important role in welcoming TCL
West Virginia. The Mountain State is experiencing tremendous economic momentum and this major investment adds to our impressive list of international companies calling Marshall County home,” said Commission President Mike Ferro. “In addition to the number of new jobs, this project cooperated with Covestro, a longstanding major employer of our residents and is considered one of our first natural gas “downstream” investments made in West Virginia. These collaborations demonstrate the potential for future economic success like the one we are seeing here today.”.
Sarathy said the location is a great site for various reasons. “The site is perfect because it is
strategically located on the Marcellus and Utica Shale plateau,” he said. “It’s close to large butane and NGL sources, and it’s close to the largest consumption centers of our products in North America, and with excellent logistics capabilities to Europe and Latin America.”
TCL is already supplying these products from India and Malaysia to Asia, the Middle East and Europe, and with excellent customer acceptance for the past 30 years. “This new US facility in West Virginia will help our customers in North America and Europe have a consistent supply of these products,” Sarathy said.
“We are proud to welcome TCL to the Covestro New Martinsville Industrial Park,” said Jay Leep,
assistant site manager and head of third-party projects for Covestro’s New Martinsville operations. “We are continuously looking to optimize our land and infrastructure in New Martinsville, and the addition of TCL, who shares our passion for safety and sustainability and has a strong record of community involvement, represents an important milestone in our journey.”
Thirumalai Chemicals Ltd. is a listed company in the Indian Stock Exchanges, with over 45 years of operating history and relationships with prominent customers and supply partners around the world.
TCL says it prides itself in its focus on ethical behavior, low carbon manufacturing, technology leadership and the passion and competence of its people. The company has overseas subsidiaries in Malaysia, Singapore, the Netherlands and now in the United States. TCL is a leader in the manufacture and supply of Phthalic Anhydride, Maleic Anhydride and Fine Chemicals since 1976.