Wednesday, May 24, 2017 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM EDT
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Valspar Paint Plant 
372 Cleveland Street
Rochester, PA 15074

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Richard Dupree 
AIChE Pittsburgh Local Section 

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Tour of Valspar Resin Coatings Plant

372 Cleveland Street - Rochester, PA

5:30 to 8:30 PM

Wednesday May 24, 2017




Our final meeting of the 2016-17 year will be a tour of the Valspar Paint Plant in Rochester, PA on May 24th.  Their plant manager Deb Wiley will be our host for the 1 hour tour.

Valspar is the largest metal packaging coatings solutions provider in the world, manufacturing a diverse line of coatings and inks for all segments of the rigid packaging market (cans, closures, and steel containers) as well as the flexible packaging market (paper, paperboard, film, and foil) and is the recognized industry leader. 

The Rochester plant was founded in 1915 as Impervious Metal Corp.  The site has been in continuous operation since.  Stoner Mudge, Inc. took the reins in 1944, developing the first beverage can coating for steel beer cans before building the original Resin plant ten years later.

In 1956, Stoner Mudge, including the Rochester facility, was acquired by American (Martin) Marietta Co. and epoxy resin manufacturing capability was added to the resin plant. In 1963, the Packaging Coatings facilities of Martin Marietta were acquired by Mobil Oil, renamed Mobil Chemical in 1966.  In 1984, Valspar purchased the Packaging Coatings business.

Valspar continues to drive innovation by meeting the growing demand for non-BPA products and providing can makers and brand owners with robust polyester, epoxy and acrylic choices.

The Rochester facility remains the most versatile of the Packaging Coatings facilities with the capability to make any of the products made throughout the division.


Safety Gear

Valspar requires us to wear approprate safety gear for the tour:

  • Safety glasses with side shields
  • Long-sleeved shirt + trousers
  • FR rated clothing
  • Closed toe shoes (no sneakers, sandals or heels) 
  • Hard Hats

Valspar has a limited supply of safety glasses, FR coats and hard hats but please bring your own if you have them.


You must also present a drivers license or other state-issued photo ID and sign a non-disclosure agreement prior to the tour.


Valspar has requested that direct competitors not attend
the tour. If you have any questions about this, please contact
Deb at DEBORAH.WILEY@valspar.com or 724-770-1230 prior
to registering for the tour.


Following the tour, please join us for additional networking and dinner in the downstairs meeting room at Mario's Dockside, a restaurant on the banks of the Beaver River in nearby Bridgewater, PA.  Their address is 1420 Riverside Dr, Beaver, PA 15009.  Our dinner buffet will include:

  • Garlic Knot Appetizers
  • Pizza
  • Chicken Wings
  • Tossed Salad
  • Soft Drinks and Coffee

Other beverages are available at their cash bar.


5:30 to 6:00 pm -  Registration

6:00 to 7:00 pm - PlantTour

7:30 to 8:30 - Dinner


Registration Fee

You Must Register and Pre-Pay by

Sunday Evening May21, 2017.

No walk-ins.

$30 - Members & Guests

$10 - Students