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About Penn A Kem


Penn A Kem is a high-tech Specialty Chemical Company with:

  • Over 60 years of Specialty and Fine Chemicals development and manufacturing experience
  • A wide range of expertise in vapor phase and liquid phase catalytic hydrogenation processing
  • Wide portfolio of high quality, value added intermediates/solvents
  • Modern, efficient manufacturing facility in Memphis, Tennessee, with over $75MM of capital investment in the last seven (7) years
  • A strong and experienced staff of Research, Technical Support, and Quality Control experts on hand to support customer needs


Product portfolio based on Furfural and Furan made from renewable resources that supports a wide range of Specialty Applications:

  • Largest worldwide Furan and Furfurylamine producer
  • Only US producer of Furan, Furfurylamine and Furfuryl Alcohol
  • Demonstrated value in pharmaceutical, agricultural, and rubber additive processes
  • Environmentally friendly solvent applications


Full scale R&D and Pilot Plant process/product development services with emphasis on catalytic hydrogenation.

Semi-works and production scale custom manufacturing services specializing in:

  • Reactions, distillations, hydrogenations, and chemical processing
  • Filtrations, precious metal recovery, and packaging/blending
  • Barge, rail, and truck receiving and shipping capabilities