Croda International celebrated the upcoming commissioning of its recent investment at its Atlas Point manufacturing site in New Castle on Oct. 18.

The first of its type in the U.S., the new plant is capable of producing 100-percent renewable, 100-percent bio-based non-ionic surfactants, which are active emulsifying agents used in a wide range of consumer products.

Croda International Plc Group Chief Executive Steve Foots and President of Personal Care and North America Sandra Breene were joined by Gov. John Carney and other local leaders for a ribbon-cutting celebration at the manufacturing facility. The project reflects the collaboration between the state and the company.

This expansion of the Atlas Point facility enables Croda to use bio-ethanol derived from natural feedstocks for the manufacture of its 100-percent renewable surfactants, increasing the bio-based content of ethoxylated products and reducing reliance on fossil fuels.

In 2012, Croda invested $8 million in a renewable energy project using landfill gas to generate electricity and steam. In 2013, it invested 2.3 million in solar panels at Atlas Point, which reduced Croda’s annual carbon dioxide emissions by 11,600 tons. These projects combined generate more than 60 percent of the site’s energy.

Croda’s Atlas Point facility has been a supportive corporate citizen and active member of its community. During the last two years, the expansion of the Atlas Point facility has brought more than 250 construction jobs to Delaware. Now, Croda will add 30 full-time employees from the region to the workforce at Atlas Point.

For more, visit croda.com.