CLAYTON, Mo., Oct. 21, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Olin Corporation (NYSE: OLN) announced today that it plans to permanently shut down the remaining diaphragm-grade chlor alkali capacity (approximately 200,000 Electrochemical Unit "ECU" tons) at its McIntosh, Alabama facility. The closure is expected to be completed by the end of third quarter 2022 and is in addition to the 200,000 ECU tons shut down at McIntosh in first quarter 2021.
"When this shut down is complete, Olin will have rationalized approximately 855,000 ECU tons of high-cost, low-value diaphragm-grade chlor alkali capacity since early 2021," remarked Scott Sutton, Olin Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer. "This action reinforces our commitment to lift our ECU values to a more sustainable level."
Olin Corporation is a leading vertically-integrated global manufacturer and distributor of chemical products and a leading U.S. manufacturer of ammunition. The chemical products produced include chlorine and caustic soda, vinyls, epoxies, chlorinated organics, bleach, and hydrochloric acid. Winchester's principal manufacturing facilities produce and distribute sporting ammunition, law enforcement ammunition, reloading components, small caliber military ammunition and components, and industrial cartridges.
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The risks, uncertainties and assumptions involved in our forward-looking statements, many of which are discussed in more detail in our filings with the SEC, including without limitation the "Risk Factors" sections of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020 and our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and other reports furnished or filed with the SEC, include, but are not limited to, the following:
Business, Industry and Operational Risks
sensitivity to economic, business and market conditions in the United States and overseas, including economic instability or a downturn in the sectors served by us;
declines in average selling prices in the chlor alkali industry and the supply/demand balance for our products, including the impact of excess industry capacity or an imbalance in demand for our chlor alkali products;
unsuccessful implementation of our operating model, which prioritizes Electrochemical Unit (ECU) margins over sales volumes;
our reliance on a limited number of suppliers for specified feedstock and services and our reliance on third-party transportation;
failure to control costs or to achieve targeted cost reductions;
higher-than-expected raw material, energy, transportation, and/or logistics costs;
the occurrence of unexpected manufacturing interruptions and outages, including those occurring as a result of labor disruptions and production hazards;
the failure or an interruption of our information technology systems;
our substantial amount of indebtedness and significant debt service obligations;
the negative impact from the COVID-19 pandemic and the global response to the pandemic, including without limitation adverse impacts in complying with governmental COVID-19 vaccine mandates;
weak industry conditions affecting our ability to comply with the financial maintenance covenants in our senior secured credit facility;
the loss of a substantial customer for either chlorine or caustic soda could cause an imbalance in customer demand for these products;
failure to attract, retain and motivate key employees;
risks associated with our international sales and operations, including economic, political or regulatory changes;
the effects of any declines in global equity markets on asset values and any declines in interest rates or other significant assumptions used to value the liabilities in our pension plan;
adverse conditions in the credit and capital markets, limiting or preventing our ability to borrow or raise capital;
our long-range plan assumptions not being realized causing a non-cash impairment charge of long-lived assets;
Legal, Environmental and Regulatory Risks
new regulations or public policy changes regarding the transportation of hazardous chemicals and the security of chemical manufacturing facilities;
changes in, or failure to comply with, legislation or government regulations or policies, including changes within the international markets in which we operate;
unexpected litigation outcomes;
costs and other expenditures in excess of those projected for environmental investigation and remediation or other legal proceedings; and
various risks associated with our Lake City U.S. Army Ammunition Plant contract, including performance and compliance with governmental contract provisions.
All of our forward-looking statements should be considered in light of these factors. In addition, other risks and uncertainties not presently known to us or that we consider immaterial could affect the accuracy of our forward-looking statements.