From Basic Resources Inc. to Avkem International

Founded in 1990 as a division of ConAgra, and formerly known as Basic Resources Inc., Avkem International began with a simple goal of providing high quality potash-based chemicals for industrial applications.  Following a management-led buyout in 1992, the company found a unique niche providing performance enhancing chemicals for the metals industry.  Today, Avkem has developed into a leading supplier of process chemicals and associated consumable products to the aluminum industry.  Since its humble beginnings, the company has grown from a single facility company in Eastern Tennessee to a multinational company with seven manufacturing facilities capable of serving North America.

1990

avkem history 1990

ConAgra forms Basic Resources first blend facility in Lenoir City, Tennessee

1992

avkem history 1992

Basic Resources becomes independent corporation

1994

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Second blend facility opens in Treaty, Indiana

1997

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Blend facility opens in Owensboro, Kentucky

2001

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Basic Resources exceeds 200 million pounds annual flux volume

2002

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Blend facility opens in Coldwater, Michigan

2006

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Blend facility opens in Nashville, Tennessee

2009

avkem history 2009

Mexico joint-venture established in Monterrey

2010

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Refractory production plant opens in Humboldt, Tennessee

2011

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ISO 9001 certification for Flux and Refractory

2012

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Restructuring, began implementation of major strategy change

2013

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Increased manufacturing capability in textiles in Humboldt, Tennessee

2014

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Continued strong growth in refractory and specialty flux

2015

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Expansion of refractory plant in Humboldt to > 100,000 Sq/Ft

2015

avkem history 2015

Ownership transition executed and company rebranded to Avkem International

PHILOSOPHY

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CAPABILITIES

Avkem supports the metals industry as the largest flux and foundry manufacturer in North America.

LOCATIONS

Avkem International has seven locations throughout North America.

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