9th Annual SOCMA Washington Fly-In

Posted by on Apr 18, 2016 in Migrate, Press Releases | Comments Off on 9th Annual SOCMA Washington Fly-In

By German Daniel Sanchez

SOCMA’s 9th annual Washington fly-in saw record attendance, which featured MFG’s President Keith Arnold and approximately 50 other attendees.  The group spoke to members of Congress in hopes of improving the tariff situation, which impacts small chemical companies’ ability to compete with a larger global market.  A bill was submitted for consideration to both the House and Senate in hopes of creating an allowable evolution to provide tax cuts, thus affording these limited companies growth opportunities.  Bill Allmond, SOCMA’s Vice President of Government and Public Relations, relayed passionately to members of Congress about the importance and the considerable impact the proposed bill, entitled the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill, will have on SOCMA’s members, most of which are small to moderate manufacturers.

SOCMA and the companies the organization represents strongly believe that the approval of this bill will facilitate in the prosperity and expansion of these manufacturers in an industry where otherwise such goals would be improbable. If approved, Allmond, alongside other SOCMA members, believes this will save companies millions, which will in turn grant small to medium sized manufacturers the capability to create a more competent workforce, broaden their market reach, and more.


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Gavin inducted into Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame

Posted by on Mar 15, 2016 in Press Releases | Comments Off on Gavin inducted into Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame

Gavin Acceptance

From Left: Tamara Gavin Kasser, Charles E. Gavin, III, inductee; Kimberly Gavin (Mrs. Charles E. Gavin, IV); and Todd Gavin

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Contact: Kim Gavin
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For Immediate Release

Gavin inducted into Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame
Dedicates award to memory and honor of his deceased Son


[Dalton, Ga.] Charles E Gavin, III, Chairman and CEO of MFG Chemical, was inducted into the State of Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame (AEHF) on February 19, 2016. Gavin was honored along with four others during a black-tie gala held at the historic Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel in Mobile, Ala.

Gavin humbly accepted the AEHF award and dedicated it to the honor and memory of his son, Chuck (Charles IV), MFG’s former CEO, who passed away December 25, 2015.

During his acceptance speech, Gavin said the award was extremely humbling and to be placed into this group of high achievers was not something that had ever occurred to him. He added that awards are from outside our self and result from talents received from others.  Gavin recognized several who had lighted his path and built bridges for him to travel. He quoted Albert Einstein who said, “The value of man resides in what he gives and not what he is capable of receiving.”

Gavin is the founder, chairman of the board and former president of MFG Chemical. His prowess in textile engineering helped transform an industry vital to the Southeast, according to the Hall of Fame. Gavin is a pioneer in carpet dyeing technology and is responsible for many innovations in the textile industry, including the development of the first acid-dyed filament carpets.

Gavin graduated from Auburn University with a degree in textile management in 1959. He started his career in carpet dyeing with Cabin Crafts, a division of West Point-Pepperell, and later joined Rossville Carpet Dyeing as a plant manager.

In 1967, Gavin joined Columbus Carpet mills to build and staff dyeing facilities at the mill. Here he pioneered the successful dyeing of acid-dyed filament carpets and set an industry standard. He eventually would serve as vice president of manufacturing during his tenure at Columbus. In 1978, Gavin completed an executive MBA program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

He founded MFG Chemical in 1981 to develop auxiliary chemicals for the carpet and textile industries. Gavin’s wife, Carol Ann Gavin, and son Chuck were also instrumental in building the business. The company has grown to serve many other markets and industries. Today, MFG Chemical has 3 manufacturing plants and a distribution center.

Gavin, a long-time Dalton resident, now spends much of his time on his Bell Buckle Farm in Wartrace, Tenn. He has been a Westcott Fellow since 1985 and is a member of First Baptist Church, as well as a past president of the Dalton Toast Masters Club. He remains active in the support of several community charities.

Gavin has been a member of the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorist (AATCC) since his college days. Over the years, he served in most all offices on regional and national levels, including president and treasurer for AATCC and its foundation. He was instrumental in starting the organization’s foundation and was its first contributor. AATCC honored him with the Harold C. Chapin Award for service in 2002.

Gavin was honored also for his support of education and workforce development in Alabama, along with scholarships at Auburn and other major universities, including Georgia Tech, North Carolina State, Clemson and Vanderbilt.

At Auburn, Gavin created an endowed professorship in chemical engineering and recently made a transformative gift to Auburn’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, resulting in an update and renovation to the textile building, which is being renamed the Carol Ann and Charles E. Gavin III Engineering Research Laboratory. Auburn recognized him in 2003 as an Outstanding Alumnus in Textile Engineering and in 2014 honored him with a Distinguished Auburn Engineer Award.  He is a member of the Alumni Engineering Council, Auburn Eagles Society, Auburn Engineering Keystone Society and President’s Circle of the 1856 Society.

The state of Alabama established The Alabama Hall of Fame to honor, preserve and perpetuate the accomplishments of individuals, projects and corporations that have brought and continue to bring recognition to the state.

Other inductees included: A. Frazier Christy, of Birmingham; Robert Keith of Hoover, Ala.; Nelda K. Lee of Ballwin, Mo.; and Stephen D. Moxley, formerly of Huntsville, Ala. The Hall of Fame also inducted Austal USA’s Littoral Combat Ship in Mobile and the W. Warner Williams Water Resource Complex as engineering projects.


For Immediate Release – MFG Management Change

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Muscular Dystrophy Association Fundraising Event

Posted by on Dec 16, 2015 in Press Releases | Comments Off on Muscular Dystrophy Association Fundraising Event

Brenden Crowe, grandson of Barry Lassiter, Director – EHS&S with MFG Chemical in Dalton, Georgia, is seen here holding a check presented to the Muscular Dystrophy Association by the Chattanooga Fire Department. $84,063 was collected during their annual MDA fundraising events. Brenden, 9, was diagnosed with Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy in 2010 and is the local Good Will Ambassador for the MDA.

The Chattanooga Firefighters raised more money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association than any other fire department in the state of Tennessee.

Money raised locally helps MDA provide support for patients and their families with world class health care at MDA clinics, access to summer camps and support groups, and assistance with medical equipment.


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For Immediate Release – MFG Chemical, LLC. Compliant in ChemStewards® Program

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For Immediate Release – Keith Arnold Appointed New President

Posted by on Nov 18, 2015 in Press Releases | Comments Off on For Immediate Release – Keith Arnold Appointed New President

Keith Appointment

MFG Chemical Hosts Dalton State Organic Chemistry Students

Posted by on Sep 30, 2015 in Press Releases | Comments Off on MFG Chemical Hosts Dalton State Organic Chemistry Students

Recently MFG Chemical had the privilege to host Dalton State Organic Chemistry Students at our Kimberly Plant. “The goal was not to bore the students to death” said Richard Underwood, “but to educate them on what they should expect if they decide to pursue a chemical degree.”

Roughly 50 students attended the first meet & greet with plans to continue this program next year.  With Dalton State now offering  a Bachelors in Chemistry and over 100 students official declaring it their majors, an introduction to the real world application of chemistry is something students are missing in their academic careers.

Dalton State College was chartered in 1963 as Dalton Junior College by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, and in 1967 opened its doors to 524 students as the 24th institution in the system.  Through its almost 50 years of commitment to higher education Dalton State continues to grow, now offering 20 Baccalaureate Degrees.  Dalton State’s commitment to the community shows when in 2010 its economic impacted on North West Georgia reached $108 million.  Even with such a large financial influence, Dalton State, for the 5th consecutive year, was voted one of the most affordable 4-year schools by the U.S. Department of Education.

MFG Chemical has always had the growth of the Dalton community as a top priority.  We hope to continue our relationship with Dalton State in the years to come.


MFG Chemical Attends 5th Annual Chemicals America Specialty & Agro Conference

Posted by on Sep 17, 2015 in Press Releases, Uncategorized | Comments Off on MFG Chemical Attends 5th Annual Chemicals America Specialty & Agro Conference

MFG Chemical, Inc of Dalton, Georgia exhibited at the fifth annual Chemicals America Specialty and Agro Show held the week of September 8th in Charleston, South Carolina.  The event had a historical level of attendance with mainly industrial and agricultural industrial companies seeking customer/toll manufacturing services.  The MFG Chemical mainstay business model is custom manufacturing and anticipates continued participation in the Chemicals America Specialty and Agro show for years to come.

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MFG Chemical Reaches Out to Dalton Public School STEM Programs

Posted by on May 14, 2015 in Press Releases | Comments Off on MFG Chemical Reaches Out to Dalton Public School STEM Programs


Students observe the first steps of water treatment

By Anthony Daniell
May 13, 2015

On May 11th, three chemists from MFG Chemical had the pleasure of spending the day at Brookwood Elementary School teaching real-life chemistry and applications. Anthony Daniell, Richard Underwood, and David Hays gave an energetic presentation to six classes full of 4th and 5th graders as they explained concepts of solubility, how soap and dye carriers work, bonding properties of atoms, and polymerization mechanics. If that sounds daunting it’s because chemistry often gets stereotyped into an “impossible-to-comprehend” category and then people get scared of it. MFG wanted to show how simple these chemical principles can be if students start early with imagination and an open mind.


Assessing their pants and identifying the different dye solutions/techniques

Brookwood is currently the only northwest Georgia elementary school that is STEM certified (Science Technology Engineering Math) and is gaining a reputation for pushing the boundaries of scientific education. Dalton’s future depends on new generations being able to handle STEM concepts and continue a tradition of excellence in manufacturing and technology. MFG is happy to have started a partnership with Dalton Public Schools to inspire young people in chemistry.

Here are a few un-edited excerpts from the 5th grade thank you letters:

Thank you gentlemen for coming to our school and tell us about the MFG Chemical. You three showed us that we don’t need to fear chemistry and that it was easy.

My favorite parts was when Mr. Daniell was talking about how soap helps take out the parts of oil or dirty stuff off your body.


Mr. Hays leads the class in a polymer chain-reaction

Thank you for coming to our school. We shall be the next generation of you three.

Sincerlly, Bryson

Mr. Hays leads the class in a polymer chain-reactionMr. Hays leads the class in a polymer chain-reaction

A student observes the water tornado

Two students make their observations

I loved learning about the mer family. I think the activity where we had to link and relink hands with other people when initiators came along was really cool.

Senciraly, Parker

I learned today about Chemistry. Some of the stuff I already knew but, mostly everything I learned it from you guys. I never knew that Oxygen, Hydrogen, and Carbon all had hands and the hands can connect to each other’s hands.

A student observes the water tornado

A student observes the water tornado

I think you changed my mind. I feel like I want to be a chemist now.

Sincerely, Saul

Chemistry is very interesting. Like Mr. Underwood said, if you think of chemistry in a goofy way you will understand it more…

Sincerley, Jacky

Q-What is Carbon’s favorite song by the Beatles? A-“I want to hold your hand”. Ha ha ha. It’s funny how things in chemistry are not as complicated when you think silly. I think you should do this next year.


Two students make their observations

Two students make their observations

MFG Chemical Supports Wellness Program for Employees

Posted by on Mar 5, 2015 in Press Releases | Comments Off on MFG Chemical Supports Wellness Program for Employees


March 4, 2015

At MFG Chemical, we provide a Wellness Program for all of our employees. The program rewards each employee for their efforts to maintain a healthy lifestyle and improve their quality of life, which in turn reduces the cost of medical expenses incurred by the employee and company. One key component to the plan rewards current employees who “kick” the tobacco habit with a check for $500. Since the plan’s inception in 2014, three employees have successfully completed the program.

President Chuck Gavin presented the checks to employees Leah Goforth and James Tinch. Brenda Shults also completed the program but was unavailable for the picture.