Gurnee Facility

Our Commitment to the Community

At Vantage, the health and safety of our employees, our customers, and the communities in which we work and live is non-negotiable.
In recent years, a number of community members and elected officials have voiced concerns about potential risks associated with Ethylene Oxide (EO).  As a longstanding corporate resident of Gurnee, Vantage take these concerns seriously because we call this community home.
Our plant in Gurnee uses EO in a closed production process to make ingredients used in everyday products, including household cleaners, cosmetics and shampoos. We have a proven, decades-long record of safe operations through safety and environmental measures that meet, and indeed exceed federal, state and local government requirements.

During the last two years, we have further reduced our already low emissions, and using the best technology available today, we are working to eliminate nearly all emissions. 
Vantage has real-time EO monitoring at the lowest detection levels possible. Vantage activated a new monitoring system on December 16, 2019 that is designed to continuously check EO emissions at the lowest detection levels achievable with current technology. This continuous monitoring system will instantly alert us to the slightest changes in emissions levels and allows us to take immediate action. Consistent with the new requirements and emission limits set by recent legislation, we cannot and will not operate if this system indicates elevated emissions. 

Further reduction efforts: Vantage continues to invest in technology to minimize emissions and reduce our environmental footprint. These actions include:
  • Virtually eliminating all stack emissions: Vantage invested in an additional scrubber prior to the state of Illinois mandating new standards in 2019. This new scrubber has been fully operational since May 2019 and has virtually eliminated stack emissions.
  • Dramatically reduced leaks through increased detection efforts: Our Leak Detection and Repair (LDAR) Program has frequent and sensitive monitoring to identify and eliminate potential sources of small leaks as EO moves through pipes, joints and components in the plant. This program was developed in discussion with the Illinois EPA (IEPA) and is now required for plants that use EO by IEPA permit.

Vantage is in full compliance with all federal, state and local rules and regulations, including the 2019 Illinois law. This law was supported by many elected officials who represent Lake County, including State Sen. Melinda Bush, State Rep. Sam Yingling, and State Rep. Rita Mayfield.
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Last Updated: September 2022
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