MFG Chemical presents succession planning panel at Specialty & Agro Chemicals America -

MFG Chemical presents succession planning panel at Specialty & Agro Chemicals America


Dalton, GA – MFG Chemical, a global leader in specialty and custom chemical manufacturing, will lead a panel, entitled, “Family-Owned to Private Equity: Succession Planning Case Study” on Thursday, September 6 at the upcoming Specialty & Agro Chemicals America in Charleston, South Carolina.

According to Conference Organizer Tom Leahy, “Many of the attendees at this trade show come from family-owned chemical companies who are currently or will soon be facing issues of succession planning for their future growth. MFG Chemical’s successful experience in this area should be very helpful to many of the attendees. MFG will discuss the personal experiences and perspectives of company CEO, Keith Arnold, founding family member and Board Member Dr. Tom Kasser, and Platte River Equity Managing Director, Kris Whalen. The Panel will be moderated by Paul Turgeon, who is an independent Board Director of MFG.”

MFG Chemical was founded in 1981 by Charles Gavin III, serving the needs of the carpet and textiles industry around Dalton, Georgia.  Looking to the company’s future, Mr. Gavin brought Platte River Equity into the picture in 2017 to recapitalize and formulate a plan for strategic, long-term growth. Since that time, MFG has promoted Keith Arnold to CEO, enhanced manufacturing capabilities through its recent acquisition in Pasadena, Texas, the company’s 4th chemical plant, and has catapulted into one of the world’s largest consumers of maleic anhydride and producers of sodium dioctyl sulfosuccinates (DOSS), among many other chemistries and reactions.

CEO Keith Arnold commented, “We are pleased to share our experiences in the succession planning area.  We will also be exhibiting at this Conference and look forward to meeting with many current and potential new customers at MFG booth #415.” 

About MFG Chemical

MFG Chemical is a leading specialty and custom chemical manufacturer for a variety of global markets, including agriculture, asphalt, graphic arts, lubricants, mining, oilfield, paints & coatings, personal care, pulp & paper and water treatment. The company operates four manufacturing facilities with world-class product development capabilities in Northwest Georgia and Pasadena, Texas. In addition, the company recently received two SOCMA Awards for plant safety and has achieved ISO 9001-2015 Certification. For more information, visit

About Chemicals America

The Chemicals America events are uniquely designed to bring together buyers and suppliers of specialty chemical materials, custom & toll chemical manufacturing, process equipment, formulations and related contract services for the specialty chemical, agrochemical and industrial chemical markets. Specialty & Agro Chemicals America has taken place annually in Charleston, South Carolina each September since 2012. The new Specialty & Custom Chemicals America will run annually in Fort Worth, Texas starting February 2019.

Our Chemicals America events feature multiple networking opportunities around meals and receptions, as well as industry trends conference presentations and a manageable exhibit floor plan. Both of our trade shows welcome global attendees, while the exhibition component exclusively showcases those companies with operations based in North America. Over the course of the 3 – day show, our aim is to provide a first-class business experience, for which other events often charge double or triple the cost.