The company makes thousands of products "used in hundreds of application that touch millions of lives each day," according to a statement on its website.
Arkema Inc. officially launched in 2004, but the company said it traces its roots back to the 1850s when it was founded as the Pennsylvania Salt Manufacturing Company by five Quakers in Philadelphia.
What does Arkema make?
Arkema's Crosby plant produces liquid organic peroxides that are used in the manufacturing of thermoplastics, which are in turn used in a range of products from cars to food packaging to cleaning products.
Products produced from the liquid organic peroxides made at the Arkema Crosby plant, include countertops, acrylic-based paints, polystyrene cups and plates, PVC for pipes, packaging and siding.
The danger from liquid organic peroxides
The chemicals at the plant need to be stored at low temperatures and since flooding has knocked out the power and refrigeration capabilities at its storage facilities, increasing temperatures could spark an explosion or fire from an anticipated chemical reaction.