Emerald Kalama Chemical Promotes Gravel to Product Line Director K-FLEX® Americas


July 30, 2013

Eileen Petridis
Falls Communications
(216) 696-0229

CUYAHOGA FALLS, OH (July 2013) – Emerald Kalama Chemical, a business group of Emerald Performance Materials, has promoted Shamsi P. Gravel to product line director of its K-FLEX® platform for the Americas. Gravel joined Emerald in 2009 as product line manager and has been instrumental in shaping strategy and driving growth for the platform. 

“Shamsi is an energetic and insightful leader. Shamsi has been responsible for identifying new target market segments, building a high performance commercial team, and executing upon a strategy that continues to deliver impressive results for the company,” said Edward Gotch, Emerald Kalama Chemical president. “As a result, we have more than doubled our capacity at our facility in the U.S. in order to meet the increased demand for our K-FLEX platform and have expanded our global footprint.”  

Prior to joining Emerald, Gravel served The ChemQuest Group as a senior consultant specializing in the coatings, adhesives, resins and polymer industries. She also held various business and technical roles at Bostik Findley and Henkel (formerly National Starch). Gravel obtained a BS and MS degree in chemical engineering from Villanova University and Rutgers University respectively and an MBA from Boston University. She is active in a number of industry organizations, including the Society of Plastics Engineers, ASTM and the Adhesives and Sealants Council where she serves as Membership Committee Chair.

K-FLEX plasticizers and coalescents are used in adhesives, PVC compounds, coatings and other latex polymer applications. Emerald Kalama Chemical also produces sodium and potassium benzoate, benzoic acid and intermediates, and specialty flavor and fragrance ingredients, which the company sells globally through its distribution partners. The business has manufacturing operations in Kalama, WA and in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Emerald Kalama Chemical products are used in a range of applications from beverage preservatives to personal care and household products, as well as industrial applications. 

For information on these or other Emerald products, visit www.emeraldmaterials.com or contact Emerald Kalama Chemical Customer Service by phone at 800.223.0035 or 360.673.2550 or by e-mail at kalama@emeraldmaterials.com.

About Emerald
Emerald Performance Materials produces and markets technologically advanced specialty chemicals for a broad range of food and industrial applications.  Its products play a variety of roles in the products that are consumed and used every day, enabling them to last longer, look, smell, taste or perform better. Emerald™ products are used in aerospace, food, beverages, cosmetics, toothpaste, household products, paint, tires, automobiles, sports gear and many other applications.  Headquartered in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, Emerald has four business units, eight operations and approximately 750 employees.