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April 11, 2014

New Dalton lab could create 15 to 20 jobs

A new laboratory opening in Dalton on Tuesday is expected to create 15 to 20 jobs over the next couple of years for chemical engineers, chemists and lab technicians, according to company officials.

In a press release, BioBased Technologies says it will move its lab to a 7,500-square-foot facility at 634 S. Glenwood Place from its headquarters in northwestern Arkansas to be closer to its customers in northwest Georgia.

The company makes soy-based polyols, a chemical used in adhesives, carpet backings, industrial coats, furniture, lubricants and building products. The use of a bio-based polyol allows firms to replace some petroleum-based polyols in their products.

Ken Mitchell, BioBased Technologies’ chief technology officer and a native of Chattanooga, will head the lab.

“We are excited that BioBased Technologies chose to locate in Whitfield County,” said Andrew Carnes, vice president of economic development at the Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce, in a statement. “They are doing incredible work in the area of sustainability for their customers, and it’s anticipated that this move will only increase their relationships with their customer base. They also bring a diverse industry to our community, which we welcome.”

Carnes said the chemical industry is one that local officials hope to grow in the Dalton area and that locating in Dalton will give BioBased not only the ability to better serve its customers in the floorcovering industry but also an ability to better serve the automobile industry in the southeast United States.

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