DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products invests in distribution ahead of propanediol expansion


In Tennessee, DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products has opened a new warehouse and distribution center for its Susterra and Zemea biobased propanediol.

The facility, which is located at its Loudon manufacturing site, will enable the company to streamline distribution to customers who require various packaging sizes. The investment comes ahead of a 35 million lbs per year expansion of propanediol capacity, which is expected online at Loudon by mid-2019.

“Investing in the warehouse and distribution center enables our company to move forward with the industry and allows us to ensure our customers have access to high-quality products in a timely fashion,” says Todd Sutton, president, DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products. “We received no special incentives on these expansions, but we have worked closely with the state and local economic development agencies in the past. Their support in helping our Loudon operation remain cost competitive on a global scale has been extremely important.”

Before the expansion, the company would only fulfill bulk shipments from the site while a third-party provider handled packaged goods sales. The new warehouse and distribution center allows for packaged goods such as pails, drums and totes to be directly filled, stored and shipped from the manufacturing facility to any destination around the world and simplifies the global supply chain.

DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products is a joint venture between DuPont and Tate & Lyle.