Kuehne Company 100 year celebration Conclusion
The 100 year celebration concluded with the annual holiday party in December. The evening was a stellar event with a full orchestra, prizes, great food and fellowship. The employees received a commemorative back pack. A sincere thank you to all the Kuehne employees whose hard work and dedication made this event possible.
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Paul Taubler, Manager of Regulatory Affairs, retired after 25 years with Kuehne. Paul was instrumental in maintaining our relationships with the Federal, State and Local agencies and keeping Kuehne in compliance with the plethora of evolving regulatory changes. Paul was a key figure in the growth of Kuehne’s transportation fleets, and especially in the barging operations where Kuehne maintained three vessels for movements associated with sodium hypochlorite, caustic soda and castor oil. Paul is pictured on the left being presented a picture of the CASOH barge, and an aerial photo of the expanded South Kearny, New Jersey plant by Co President Rich Wilkes. The photos are surrounded by the signatures and best wishes of various Kuehne employees.
A retirement luncheon was held on July 10th surrounded by some of Paul’s coworkers. Those who attended the luncheon enjoyed a great meal, fellowship, shared stories of days past, and presented Paul with some parting gifts.
On behalf of all Kuehne employees, we wish Paul the best and a healthy and happy retirement.
Senate President Steve Sweeney visits Kuehne Chemical Company
Kearny – Senate President Steve Sweeney toured the Kuehne Chemical Company today, a 100-year-old manufacturing company headquartered in Kearny, NJ. In addition to the New Jersey location, the company also has facilities in New Castle, DE, and New Haven, CT, and employs more than 150 people.
Kuehne is considered critical for the state’s infrastructure needs because it supplies sodium hypochlorite for the potable water and waste water treatment facilities. Its products are used primarily to sanitize water in the Mid-Atlantic, Northeast and Southern New England regions. The facility has been commended in recent years for its dedication to becoming more environmentally friendly through constructing a brine-to-bleach plant in Kearny, and for reducing the company’s chlorine consumption by 90 percent. In addition, the brine-to-bleach plant dramatically reduces its carbon footprint by using a by-product to offset the natural gas needed in order to run the plant’s boilers.
“New Jersey has a water quality crisis, but the products from the Kuehne Company positively impact the quality of life for roughly 30 million people, providing them with sanitized and safe water that is fit for drinking,” said Senate President Sweeney (D-Gloucester/Salem/Cumberland). “It is remarkable to see a company of this size working to protect the environment by making its process as clean as possible while still benefitting tens of millions of people. Their progress is a model for industries across the state. It is imperative that we continue to support businesses that not only benefit our citizens, but our state’s environment as well.”
Within New Jersey alone, Kuehne products affect New Jersey residents in: Camden, Cape May County, Middlesex County, Trenton and Jersey City. Currently, the company is unable to take advantage of the Urban Enterprise Zone Manufacturing Sale and Use Tax exemption for electricity due to their significantly automated manufacturing process. In addition, the Board of Public Utilities is also considering removing their exemption from Renewable Portfolio Standards.
“We are incredibly proud of the progress this company has made over the last few years in an effort to become more sustainable for the future,” said Bill Paulin, Co-President of Administration and Finance at Kuehne Company. “Our ultimate goal is to continue to provide healthy drinking water to New Jersey residents because everyone deserves to have clean, safe water. We were grateful the Senate President visited us today so we could give him a first-hand tour of the progress that has been made in recent years towards making our work more inherently safe and environmentally friendly.”