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Hazardous Waste Cleanup: Former Carboline Company Facility - Xenia, Ohio

The Carboline site is located in the northern portion of the City of Xenia, Greene County, Ohio.  The entire Carboline site comprises approximately 7.5 acres; it is relatively flat in the northeastern portion of the site and slopes to the south in the southwestern portion of the site.  The site is bordered on the north by the Greene County fairgrounds and a residential area, on the west by a residential area and Saint Brigid’s School (K-8), on the southwest by Shawnee Creek, and on the east by Greene, Inc., a small nonprofit corporation providing vocational and rehabilitation services to the community. 

The earliest available land use records for the Carboline site indicate that a farm implement dealer conducted commercial activities on the site between 1944 and 1950.  In 1953, the Moran Paint Company of Xenia, Ohio (Moran) initiated operations involving manufacturing of paint finishes for the automotive and appliance industries.  Carboline purchased the facility in 1963, and continued manufacturing products under the Moran name.

Carboline specialized in manufacturing epoxy coatings.  The facility blended various grades of liquid and solid paint materials and solvents to match the specifications of a particular order.  The manufacturing process consisted of milling and high speed dispersal of raw materials (i.e., pigments, fillers, solvents, resins, and other additives) into a liquid or paste.  Carboline stored approximately 700 different virgin chemicals on site for production purposes.

Sun Chemical Company purchased Carboline in 1980.  Sun Chemical sold the Moran product line in 1982.  Sun Chemical continued the same manufacturing operations at the site for the remaining products.  Sun Chemical sold the assets of the Carboline Division to RPM, in 1986, who continued the manufacturing operations until it closed the facility in December 2000.  RPM sold the property to Cherokee BB I, LLC (Cherokee) in July 2001.  Mr. Ken Weaver bought the site from Cherokee on December 10, 2006 and is the current owner.