DALTON, GA – MFG Chemical, a global leader in specialty and custom chemical manufacturing, has completed an upgrade of its pilot plant in Dalton, Georgia.

MFG has upgraded a 100-gallon stainless steel reactor, which produces hot oil and steam reactions up to 550 °F. The pilot has internal cooling coils, two top-feed ports; one bottom (dip tube) feed port, a pack column condenser, a reflux column, standard tube condenser, a small distillation column and a vacuum capability at 8 Torr. The 100-gallon reactor now sits on a mezzanine 12 inches off the floor, with new insulation. The entire pilot plant has also received a pressure cleaning and general upgrading.

According to MFG’s Chief Science and Technology Officer, Guido DeStefano, “This 100-gallon pilot plant reactor is worth its weight in gold. It is popular with customers because it produces one- and two-drum-sized quantities of the needed specialty chemicals for evaluation and use prior to total scale up. It is also used for internal studies to optimize process and improve safety.”

CEO Keith Arnold added, “This is a very useful pilot plant because it meets our customers’ small quantity needs, without tying up an entire manufacturing plant. We will plan to add a second 100-gallon pilot reactor as customer needs continue to grow.”

MFG Chemical operates four manufacturing facilities with product development capabilities in Northwest Georgia and Pasadena, Texas.