BASF is the second largest chemical producer in the world and operates three plants in Alabama: an Evonik co-location in McIntosh (near Mobile), one in Theodore and one in Huntsville.
The McIntosh facility in Washington County manufactures antioxidants that preserve plastics, light stabilizers for furniture, automotive coats, photographic inks, outdoor stains, and brighteners for laundry detergents and photographic paper that makes whites appear whiter. In November 2016, BASF announced plans to spend more than $200 million to boost its worldwide plastic additives business, with a portion of the investment slated for the McIntosh facility.
The Theodore facility produces detergent components called chelates that act as water softeners to boost the effectiveness of cleansing agents.
The Huntsville facility produces emission catalysts for mobile and stationary applications, including auto, industrial, carbon monoxide, and ozone catalysts. It’s the company’s largest emissions catalyst manufacturing site in North America and continues to grow. In August 2017, BASF completed a site expansion to the facility to meet the growing market demand and customer technology needs in the region, particularly in the the motor vehicle parts sector. The Huntsville facility has also achieved a Virtually Zero Waste Facility certification, a prominent title awarded for facilities that innovatively reduce waste.