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Performance Film Largest Employers

Eastman Chemical Co.

Headquarters: Kingsport, Tennessee

Product: window and performance-coated films

Employment: 700

Union Status: none

A History of Growth in Martinsville: Eastman Chemical is the leading global manufacturer of performance films for the automotive and architectural markets. The corporation’s third largest facility is located in Fieldale, Virginia – in Henry County. Built in 1956, Eastman purchased the facility and business from Solutia Performance Films in 2012. The following year, Eastman announced a $40 million expansion to be carried out over the next three years. This facility is now one of the largest and most integrated window and performance-coated film manufacturing sites in the world.

Eastman also operates film manufacturing and distribution facilities at the Patriot Centre Industrial Park. The company acquired the former Commonwealth Laminating & Coating in 2014 adding an experienced workforce and Commonwealth’s expertise, paint protection technology, brand and channels to its portfolio.