Western Emulsions to Operate Emulsions Manufacturing Plant in Billings, MT

Billings, MT -- May 6, 2009 -- Western Emulsions, Inc. (“Western Emulsions”), a leading innovator and supplier of asphalt emulsions products used for pavement preservation, repair and restoration, announced today it has agreed to lease and operate an existing emulsions manufacturing plant owned by SemMaterials Energy Partners in Billings, Montana.    

According to Robert Koleas, President and CEO of Tucson, AZ-based Western Emulsions, the plant is among the largest emulsions manufacturing facilities in the Northwest.  “The Montana location provides our company with unprecedented distribution reach, as well as 18,000 tons of asphalt and emulsions storage capacity,” said Koleas.  

Koleas added that Western Emulsions will retain the facility’s seven employees, ensure the uninterrupted supply of emulsion products to meet existing contracts, and begin manufacturing its own proprietary products to supply to customers throughout the northern Pacific states, Idaho, Wyoming, Utah, and the Dakotas. “We are delighted with the expansion of our operations, and pleased to welcome an outstanding group of employees to our growing team,” said Koleas.   

The plant’s Sales Manager, Sean Pellersels said, “Our entire team at the plant is excited to become part of Western Emulsions.   Western’s focus on innovative and environmentally conscious products that work in a broader range of temperatures makes for a great fit with our customers and our colder climate.   We look forward to marketing and manufacturing Western Emulsions’ line of proprietary emulsion products.” 

Chris Britt, Managing Partner of Marwit Capital, said, “The agreement with SemMaterials Energy Partners represents an important step in our growth strategy for Western Emulsions.   The use of asphalt emulsions in road maintenance applications for both cost and ecological reasons is growing throughout the U.S., and our continued geographic expansion positions the company to capitalize on this trend.”   Britt noted that Western Emulsions opened a new plant in Roswell, NM only last week, and continues to evaluate additional expansion opportunities.

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