Vimax To Open SHS Plant In Alabama
Vimax Industries LLC has relocated
its headquarters to the Mobile, Ala., area, where it will open the first of two plants to produce
sodium hydrosulfite (SHS). The company expects to begin production in January 2005 at the former
Virginia Chemicals site in nearby Bucks, Ala., and will open the second plant next year near
Vimax is investing $10 million in the Bucks plant, where it initially will employ 30 to 40 people and, in the short term, will increase employment to about 65. The company is upgrading equipment at the site, which previously also produced SHS, and is committed to becoming a zero-emissions facility, according to James P. Glauser, president.
Vimax expects to be the largest SHS producer in North America, and the second-largest globally. It also will be among the largest North American consumers of sulfur dioxide. Glauser said once both plants are operational, Vimax will be the only North American SHS producer with back-up capability to supply dry SHS, which is used in denim production to solubilize indigo dye.
“We will be competitive with the Chinese SHS industry, and we aim to help the textile people in this country stay competitive,” Glauser said.