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Exploring the Top 10 Chemical Manufacturing Plants in the U.S.

Posted by IndustrySelect on Tuesday, April 14, 2020

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In these trying coronavirus times, many industries are shuttered as nonessential. However, the federal government has deemed chemical manufacturers critical to fill needs from housekeeping supplies to vital medicines. Fortunately, the plants are up and running, providing jobs crucial to our nation's economy.

Of the 14,584 chemical manufacturing facilities in the United States, 11,406 are privately owned.

Over two thirds of US chemical manufacturing is carried out in the Midwest and the South, with the remaining third taking place in the Northeast and West.

Related: Which manufacturers are most likely to be operating amid coronavirus? Find out in our post Critical Manufacturing Industries by Subsector

Top 10 Chemical Manufacturing Plants in the U.S.

CompanyCityState Number of Employees
Eli Lilly & Co.IndianapolisIN10,157
Merck & Co., Inc.West PointPA9,500
Amgen, Inc.Thousand OaksCA8,000
Eastman Chemical Co.KingsportTN7,000
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp.East HanoverNJ5,000
Roche Holdings, Inc.South San FranciscoCA5,000
Pfizer, Inc.New YorkNY4,500
Merck & Co., Inc.RahwayNJ4,200
Amway Corp.AdaMI4,000
Procter & Gamble Co., TheCincinnatiOH4,000

About the Top 10 Chemical Manufacturing Plants in the U.S.

Here are a few highlights of what these facilities bring to both local and global communities.

Eli Lilly & Co.

A staff of 10,157 finds a place with Eli Lilly & Co. in Indianapolis, Indiana. This company, founded in 1876, manufactures pharmaceuticals and has introduced such life-saving medicines as animal-sourced insulin and mass-produced penicillin.

It spends 25.1% of its sales on research and development, remaining at the cutting edge of medical advancements.

Merck & Co., Inc.

At the Merck & Co., Inc. plant in West Point, Pennsylvania, 9,500 employees turn out pharmaceutical products.

Merck has been serving the health needs of the world for 125 years. The company manufactures human and veterinary medicines and vaccines.

Amgen, Inc.

A few years ago, the recombinant protein pharmaceuticals produced by Amgen, Inc. in Thousand Oaks, California, would have sounded like science fiction.

Following a philosophy of "biology first," 8,000 employees strive to bring innovative products to the world.

Eastman Chemical Co.

If you're looking for industrial chemicals and plastic resins, the 7,000 workers at the Eastman Chemical Co. in Kingsport, Tennessee, can serve your needs. George Eastman, inventor and philanthropist, founded the Tennessee site in 1920. It produces materials for paint, plastics and pharmaceuticals.

Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp.

In East Hanover, New Jersey, a staff of 5,000 produce pharmaceuticals at Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp.

Novartis was one of Fortune's most admired pharmaceutical companies in 2020. The company is planning to initiate a clinical study of its product Jakavi® as a possible treatment for severely affected coronavirus patients.

Roche Holdings, Inc.

Protein-based biotherapeutics are the focus of the 5,000 employees at Roche Holdings, Inc. in South San Francisco, California.

Since its founding in 1896, Roche has been working toward a healthier world. At this moment of crisis, it has tasked itself with the rapid delivery of COVID-19 testing. It is also investigating the treatment of pneumonia, critical to the survival of coronavirus patients.

Pfizer, Inc.

You'll readily recognize products manufactured by the 4,500 workers at Pfizer, Inc. in New York, New York.

Familiar brands include Advil®, Chapstick® and Robitussin®. Pfizer is committed not only to improving global health but also to protecting the environment.

Merck & Co.

George Merck dedicated the research campus in Rahway, New Jersey, in 1929, despite the perilous financial condition of the country at the time.

He was devoted to the premise that medicines are for people. Now, when we face another serious crisis, the 4,200 employees at the Merck and Co., Inc. facility in Rahway are still following his lead to free humanity from the ravages of disease.

Amway Corp.

You will find products produced by the 4,000 workers at Amway Corp. in Ada, Michigan, in homes throughout the nation. From supplements to skincare to air and water treatments, Amway serves consumer health needs.

At this time, when many Americans are searching for new sources of income, Amway also presents a low-risk way to start a business.

The Procter & Gamble Co.

Pharmacies remain open, and The Procter & Gamble Co. keeps the shelves stocked with everything from Pampers® diapers to Crest® toothpaste, Pantene® shampoo to Charmin® toilet tissue.

At the Procter and Gamble plant in Cincinnati, Ohio, 4,000 employees work hard to keep the public clean and comfortable.

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