Chemical Firm Expands Analysis and Growth Laboratory in East Chicago – WISH-TV | Indianapolis Information | Indiana climate

EAST CHICAGO, Ind. (Inside Business) – WR Grace & Co. (NYSE: GRA), based in Maryland, is expanding its colloidal manufacturing facility in East Chicago. The global specialty chemicals company says the new research and development analytical laboratory will be used to find new uses for its colloidal silica, which is made at the Lake County facility.

LUDOX factory-made colloidal silica is used in a wide variety of applications including nonstick cookware, coatings, and concrete. The company says the product has “considerable untapped potential” for new applications.

“This investment positions Grace at the forefront of ongoing innovation and accelerates our responsiveness to the evolving needs of our customers’ use of LUDOX in critical applications,” said Sandra Wisniewski, president of Grace Materials Technologies, in a press release. “We are excited to expand our presence in the East Chicago community and have enhanced capabilities that will support continued global demand.”

Financial terms of the company’s investment in the laboratory are not disclosed. A spokesperson for Grace says the investment in the new lab did not create any new jobs, although the facility currently employs 50 in East Chicago.

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