GAC Chemical Corporation celebrates 30 years in Maine

Searsport, Maine- What started as a concept in the early 1990s, became a reality in March 1994.  

GAC was founded as General Alum & Chemical Corporation in 1979 by James A. Poure. The company’s first production facility was a liquid aluminum sulfate (alum) manufacturing plant in Indianapolis, Indiana, and was headquartered in northwest Ohio.

In 1983, a second alum production plant was built in Toledo, Ohio. Then in 1989, the third plant was built in Saukville, Wisconsin.

With a strategy of connecting the Midwest to the East Coast, a large acquisition was made in March 1994. GAC purchased the 152 acre facility of Delta Chemical Corporation in Searsport, Maine.

In June 2015, the company transitioned from majority ownership under Poure to an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP).  This allowed local, good paying jobs to remain in Searsport.

GAC Chemical, referred to as “Maine’s Chemical Company”, manufactures and distributes organic and inorganic chemicals.  GAC is the leading worldwide producer of high purity ammonium sulfate and other manufactured chemicals including liquid alum, aqua ammonia, liquid urea, paper and paint coatings, as well as various industrial and specialty chemicals.  GAC Chemical also offers chemical toll processing and contract manufacturing services as well as supply chain logistics solutions at its Searsport facility and rail transload terminal. 

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