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Pinova announced in June 2023 that the plant it has operated since 2010 in Brunswick, Georgia will close permanently. The announcement followed a fire that occurred April 15, 2023. The fire destroyed core production assets and infrastructure and caused all site operations to cease since that day. Following the fire, a top to bottom investigation of the fire’s damage made it clear that it will not be economically feasible to bring the plant back online. Pinova is committed to close the site in line with its values.

About Pinova

Since 2010 Pinova has delivered state-of-the-art performance specialty rosin, polyterpene resins, and key ingredients for many of the world’s most essential industries and best-known brands. Customers in over 100 countries have used Pinova’s premium performance rosin resins and polyterpene resins to meet the exacting product standards in a wide variety of specialized markets. Pinova has been dedicated to sustainability, innovation, enduring quality, and customer service.

Following the announcement of the Brunswick site’s closure, the parent company DRT, based in France, is stepping in to offer solutions and product alternatives to its customers. For further information, please contact DRT’s sales representatives via DRT company’s website. 

Workforce

Pinova had to make a difficult decision to close its Brunswick plant operations in June 2023. Approximately 220 employees were informed on June 28, 2023, that the facility that had been shut down since a fire occurred on April 15 would not re-open.

Pinova worked with local employers to hold career fairs and offer other forms of assistance to employees, in line with the company’s values. Since then, approximately 90 percent of workers have a path forward, whether new jobs, retirement or going back to school for retraining. Among them, seventy percent are working in new jobs. A reduced workforce will help manage a safe decommissiong through completion in late 2024

Update on decommissioning of Brunswick facility

Pinova is in the process of removing all materials and buildings from the site of its former manufacturing facility in Brunswick, Georgia. 

Most materials have been removed from the site. Demolition of remaining buildings will begin in December. By the end of 2024 the decommissioning should be complete. 

In order to have a minimal impact on the community, we have taken measures such as dust and traffic control. 

Pinova announced in June 2023 that the plant it had operated since 2010 in Brunswick is closed permanently. The announcement followed a fire that occurred April 15, 2023. The fire destroyed core production assets and infrastructure and caused all site operations to cease since that day. Following the fire, a top to bottom investigation of the fire’s damage made it clear that it will not be economically feasible to bring the plant back online. Pinova is committed to decommission the site in line with its values.

The remediation work by Hercules will continue on the property. 

Our History

Since the Brunswick naval stores plant broke ground in 1911, the facility has been an economic force, helping Brunswick and Glynn County grow and employing generations of people. At one point in the 1950s, 900 people worked at the plant, then owned by Hercules. 

The property that encapsulates the manufacturing areas has been owned by Pinova since 2010. Hercules, the former owner and operator, still owns non-operational portions of the facility and is responsible for environmental investigation and remediation work both on its current property and at the plant.

Information about the plant’s 100-year-old history is found at herculesbrunswick.com

Next Steps

Remediation

For more than 30 years, the former plant owner Hercules has been investigating and remediating the property around the plant. This remediation work is ongoing and will continue through Pinova’s decommissioning activities. 

Information about Hercules’ remediation work can be found at herculesbrunswick.com

Decommissioning

The process of shutting down the plant is underway. It is guided by safety and concern for the environment. Strict safety protocols are in place, along with a commitment to keep any impact to the community or the environment to a minimum.

Our goal is to accomplish the removal of materials from the plant and the demolition of buildings safely and in compliance with all regulatory and professional standards. Erosion control measures will be in place after buildings are removed.

Re-Use

The process that will last through 2024 will ensure that adequate time and attention is devoted to a safe and effective decommissioning. During this process, Pinova will follow mandated and accepted professional practices. At the same time, Pinova will consider and prepare the way for productive re-use of the site. 

Contacts and Information

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