DENKA PERFORMANCE ELASTOMER, a global supplier of Neoprene, is an American entity with joint owners from Japan, Denka Company Limited and Mitsui & Co. LTD. Since November 1, 2015, Denka Performance Elastomer has owned and operated a portion of the Pontchartrain Site located in LaPlace. We manufacture Neoprene rubber, one of the first synthetic rubbers, known for its resistance to sunlight, ozone, oil and heat, and ease of processing. This material is used for a variety of purposes, including insulation for electrical wiring and cables, automotive components, belts and hoses, construction, and defense applications.
Denka Performance Elastomer has 251 full time employees and 125 resident contractors, resulting in a total annual payroll of $35 million. 77% of our workers are river parish residents, and total taxes and purchases result in approximately $80 million per year contribution to the local and regional economies. Our employees are active members of the community, giving back by participating in such programs as the United Way, Household Hazardous Material Collection Day, and Relay for Life.
Denka Performance Elastomer is committed to protecting the environment as well as the health and safety of our employees and the community as a whole. We demonstrate this commitment by complying with all applicable environmental permits and regulations and by certifying our compliance to the LDEQ and the EPA annually. Since 1995, the Pontchartrain Site has won two EPA awards for environmental excellence, pollution prevention, and waste reduction. The Pontchartrain Site is also the recipient of 9 LDEQ Governor’s Awards for source reduction, waste minimization, and emission reduction, including chloroprene emissions. In addition, since Denka Performance Elastomer took ownership of the site, we have continuously operated well within our environmental permit requirements and have not had a single deviation from those requirements. This demonstrates Denka Performance Elastomer’s continuing commitment to excellence in environmental stewardship.
As a new business in St. John the Baptist Parish, Denka Performance Elastomer first reported emissions data to TRI beginning in November 2015. We are committed to future emissions reductions and demonstrate this by continually reviewing emergent reduction technologies and implementing these wherever feasible. Our commitment extends to working closely with regulatory agencies in this regard and maintaining open lines of communication within the community. At Denka Performance Elastomer, our goal is to achieve excellence in safety, health, and environmental performance.