STOCKMEIER Urethanes USA, Inc announces its 20th anniversary this month as a specialty polyurethane systems manufacturer in the United States.
The STOCKMEIER Urethanes USA site in Clarksburg, West Virginia was purchased in 2003. In 2005, the development and production of polyurethane coatings, adhesives, sealants and elastomers for the industrial and sports & leisure industries began. At that time, there were just eight employees: today, the Clarksburg site employs over 75 consisting of researchers, laboratory technicians, production operators, a sales force and other important team members.
CEO and President Christian Martinkat states, “STOCKMEIER Urethanes USA has experienced phenomenal growth in its 20-years of existence here in Clarksburg.”
Choosing Clarksburg for the new site was the right decision, says Martinkat. “The West Virginia Economic Development Authority, the West Virginia Manufactures Association, local government and many others with whom we work with have always listened to our concerns, needs and visions. Then and now, we know we made the right decision being here in the Mountain State.”
When the company opened the site in America, it was a brand-new company and they only brought with them a couple customers they were previously selling to in Germany. “We literally started from scratch,” states Martinkat. “Since our inception here, we have expanded our product portfolio, entered new markets, installed numerous production and lab equipment, streamlined processes, improved IT technology and completed many renovations to our facilities. All these continuous improvement projects have allowed us to be even better at what we do and provide, and we are not done yet.”
Melissa Martinkat, US Chief of Staff, adds that beyond those improvements, the company puts a large focus on supporting local communities by participating in fundraisers, donating to charities and scholarships, sponsoring events and participating in educational programs in schools.
STOCKMEIER Urethanes USA has also been on their journey to continue being an environmental steward by being members of and participating in the American Chemistry Council’s Responsible Care® program. In this program, there are set standards which must be met that demonstrate the company’s commitment to the health and safety of their employees, the communities in which they operate, and the environment.
Over the last 20 years, the company’s dedication to quality, innovation and superior customer service has allowed them to become a trusted supplier of polyurethane products. Martinkat states the company will continue to be a family owned and operated company with a strong commitment to their customers, employees and partners for many years to come.