Kentucky's chemical industry ranks second among Kentucky's industry sector exports. Kentucky is home to 190 chemical manufacturing related facilities. Among the more prominent European manufacturers are BASF, Brenntag, Süd-Chemie and Wacker Chemie.
Wacker Chemical Corporation recently announced a $60 million expansion of its production site in Calvert City. The additional capacity deriving from this expansion will allow Wacker to meet the increasing demand, especially involving carpet, flooring, paints, coatings and paper and cardboard packaging industries.