KIK Consumer Products Celebrates Grand Reopening of BioLab Lake Charles Facility
New state of the art $250 million the trichlor plant reopens with significantly increased production capacity and improved safety features, in preparation for the 2023 swimming pool season
LAKE CHARLES, The., November 2, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — KIK Consumer Products (“KIK” or the “Company”), a global leader in pool, household and automotive cleaning products, today celebrated the successful rebuilding of its state-of-the-art trichlor production. subsidiary BioLab establishment located in Westlake, Louisianaapart from Lake Charles, with an inauguration ceremony. Senator Bill Cassidycongressman Higgins clayand Don PiersonLouisiana Secretary of Economic Development joined BioLab employees, retail partners, construction and other local partners, including the Lake Charles Metal Trades Council, and other members of the community to celebrate the event.
“Today marks a new beginning for BioLab and is the culmination of more than 26 months of planning, engineering, construction and commissioning,” said Jeff Schmitt, COO of KIK Consumer Products. “Our plant stands here today as a demonstration of the resilience of our workforce and the people of Louisiana who made this project possible. With the support of people, businesses and institutions across Lake Charlesincluding the Louisiana State police, local firefighters, and law enforcement, we have delivered on our promise to rebuild and reinvest in the future of not only this facility, but the future of this community as well. »
Following the unprecedented impact of Hurricane Laura in 2020, the Company invested more than $250 million in rebuilding and reopening its damaged facility. The new facility will employ nearly 80 well-paying local union jobs and reflects BioLab’s commitment to building on its deep-rooted heritage in Louisiana, where it has operated for decades. Importantly, the facility is being rebuilt with improved production flexibility, which will allow BioLab to more effectively meet demand for pool cleaning products. The facility will also operate with numerous improved safety features, including improved structural ratings, an elevated control room and exit shelter, and improved fire detection and suppression systems.
“We are excited to reopen our BioLab facility in time to support the 2023 pool season and to deliver on our promise to the Lake Charles community to rebuild,” said Michael Sload, CEO of KIK Consumer Products. “Our thanks go out to our valued partners who have made this milestone possible – from our dedicated employees to our trusted retail partners, to the entire community. We look forward to continuing our 40+ story. years in Lake Charles for years to come, bringing products to millions of American families that help keep their spas and pools safe and clean.”
Don BrownBioLab’s Plant Manager, echoed this sentiment: “Our BioLab employees are thrilled to get back to work and honored to celebrate this moment with all of our stakeholders. We are delighted to welcome our team back to our recently rebuilt facility, which is one of the most advanced trichlor production facilities in the world and even stronger and safer than before.”
About KIK Consumer Products
Since 1993, KIK has successfully grown from a single-plant operator of private label (private label) bleach to North America’s leading independent distributor and manufacturer of household cleaning products and a global leader in the treatment swimming pools and spas and automotive products, with brands including Bioguard™, Clorox Pool and Spa™ (under license), Prestone™, Spic and Span™ and Comet™. By entering these segments, KIK has capitalized on an opportunity to leverage its core manufacturing and marketing skills to drive scale in fragmented industries. KIK transformed its business through a combination of organic growth initiatives and strategic add-on acquisitions and continued to experience strong growth across all categories. For more information, visit www.kikcorp.com.
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