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Plant Manager, Owensboro Specialty Polymers

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Date: Jun 8, 2021

Location: Owensboro, KY, US

Company: Milliken and Company

Headquartered in Spartanburg, South Carolina, Milliken & Company is a global, innovative, industrial diversified manufacturing company that has been exploring, discovering, and creating ways to enhance people’s lives since 1865. With expertise across a breadth of disciplines including specialty chemical, floor covering, and performance materials, the company works around the world every day to add true value to people’s lives, improve health and safety, and help make our world more sustainable. Milliken has long led the way for "knowledge-based" investment, employing over 100 PhDs, and has accumulated over 2,200 U.S. patents – and more than 5,000 patents worldwide. Milliken is widely acknowledged as an international leader in research technology, innovation, and customer service. With over 35 manufacturing facilities located in the U.S., U.K., Belgium, France, China, India, Mexico, and Australia, and other sales and service operations throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia, Milliken's more than 7,000 associates work to deliver innovations that do good for the world, create new experiences, and build for the future.




Plant Manager, Owensboro Specialty Polymers



Located in Owensboro, Kentucky on the Ohio River, Owensboro Specialty Polymers (OSP) is the North America market leader in polyvinylidene chloride (PVdC) latex emulsions, a specialty polymer barrier coating used in the flexible packaging, metal coatings, oil and gas markets. OSP complements its PVdC products with polyvinyl acetate (PVAc) emulsions and other specialty products. In January of 2020 Borchers was acquired by Milliken & Company becoming part of the Milliken Chemical Division headquartered in Spartanburg, South Carolina.



This position is responsible for ethically managing safe & responsible operations of the manufacturing facility such that the customer receives timely delivery of quality product.  Engage the workforce to improve efficiency, reduce cost and create a culture of continuous improvement.  Leverage the site team and other resources in the company to implement capital projects that improve health, safety & sustainability, address infrastructure needs, reduce cost, support new product development and enable growth and capacity to meet the needs of the business. This position is at the Owensboro Specialty Polymer site in Owensboro, Kentucky and reports directly to the Vice President of Operations for the Chemical Division at Milliken & Company in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The Plant Manager will provide leadership for 8 managers and 26 hourly union employees.  The plant typically operates on a 5-6-day schedule with 24-hour coverage during operation.



  • Representing the company with the utmost regard for integrity and ethical behavior
  • Promote a culture of safety and teamwork through associate engagement
  • Ensure compliance with all local, state and federal environmental requirements while driving improvements in sustainability
  • Understanding of compliance requirements associated with CFR 1910.119 (Process Safety Management of Highly Hazardous Chemicals)
  • Maintain timely delivery of products that meet the quality requirements for our customers
  • Leverage resources to continuously improve all aspects of the operations – safety, sustainability, quality, delivery, cost, efficiency
  • Establish a Daily Management System to track and report critical operational key performance indicators (KPI’s) and be prepared to review these on occasion with business and division management
  • Support the strategic plan and objectives of the businesses that the plant serves
  • Establish processes to scale-up and adopt new products
  • Administers labor relations in accordance with Company policies and the collective bargaining agreement
  • Maintains inventories within prescribed limits consistent with short term and seasonal sales demands.
  • Prepares & maintains records necessary for managing and controlling the operation.
  • Hires, trains, and releases employees as required to meet sales requirements and within approved budget and standard cost.
  • Key Experience includes:
    • Plant leadership of a manufacturing organization, preferably in the chemical industry
    • Process improvement and engineering
    • Capital project management
    • Process Safety Management
    • Talent acquisition and development



  • Bachelor of Science or master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering or Chemistry
  • 5+ years of experience leading managers and hourly employees in a chemical or related manufacturing environment
  • Project management experience in terms of adding new equipment (reactors, systems, etc.) to an existing facility from a capital expenditure budget
  • Previous experience managing 30+ employees in a manufacturing environment
  • Knowledge in Lean Manufacturing, 5S, Operational Excellence, Safety and continuous improvement
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, technical procedures and governmental regulations
  • Ability to write reports, business correspondence and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public



  • Experience working with a unionized workforce
  • Working knowledge of ISO Quality and Environmental Standard
  • Working knowledge of OSHA’s Process Safety Management
  • Experience in the following chemistries and chemical processes would be a plus:
    • Emulsion Polymerization
    • Polyurethane chemistry
    • Batch chemical synthesis


Milliken & Company is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with a disability.