Marianna’s New Industry Puts the 'Stick' in 'Sticky'

The world's leader in adhesive products has opened up shop in northwest Florida.

Arizona Chemical is a subsidiary of International Paper. The Jacksonville Florida-based company supplies high-quality pine chemicals used to make many of our everyday products, such as chewing gum, glue and car tires.

It’s not the elasticity that binds these products together, but pine, which comes from the state of Arizona’s trees.

New $7 million, 115,000 square foot facility has opened its doors in Marianna to house tons of pine and distribute it worldwide.

“Marianna was well situated for us logistically. It’s close to I-10, so trucks can easily get the distribution center off of a major interstate,” John Carpenter of Arizona Chemical.

Opened since January, Alabama Chemical employs nearly 30 people, a small number compared to its worldwide distribution employment of 1,500.

They even have a plant in Sweden.

The Marianna warehouse is housed in Jackson County's distribution park, where the Family Dollar is located.

Mariana City Manager Luey Harris said, “We had an option to purchase additional acreage in what we call now the distribution park and of that we did sell Arizona Chemical enough acreage.”

Although the factory is joining a long list of other distribution companies relocating to Marianna, it’s a move officials say is bringing bigger business and even better opportunities

Officials say the move will bring bigger and better industry.

“We have three other projects which are in the process of being put together and will be announced,” said Bill Stanton of the Jackson County Economic Dev. Board.

Plant representatives say they hope to streamline the distribution process for their customers.

This is the first time the chemical company has opened in what's considered a rural area and is a $10 million capital investments. It will make the fourth Arizona Chemical plant that is located in northwest Florida.