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MFG Chemical’s Gavin Family Receives Multiple Honors from Auburn University

DALTON, Ga.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Charles E. Gavin III, Founder of MFG Chemical, and the Gavin family have received multiple honors from Auburn University.

In a special ceremony held on September 13, Auburn University’s Harbert Business College officially named the rooftop terrace of its new business building the “Gavin Terrace” in memory of Charles (Chuck) Gavin IV, who became CEO of the company his father founded, MFG Chemical.

Harbert Business College Dean, Professor Annette L. Ranft, hosted the commemoration, declaring, “Chuck graduated from the Harbert College in 1982 and worked with his father Charles E. Gavin III over many years at MFG Chemical, becoming CEO. Chuck and his wife Kim planned to leave a legacy of their own through a gift to support the Harbert College. Chuck had great affinity from an early age for Auburn and a love for Auburn football that was unsurpassed. The view from “Gavin Terrace” into the stadium is very fitting considering Chuck’s passion for Auburn football.”

MFG Chemical’s current President & CEO, Keith Arnold, attended the dedication ceremony, commenting, “Chuck Gavin was a wonderful man and a beloved leader for MFG Chemical. We are pleased that the new “Gavin Terrace” will help keep Chuck’s memory alive and inspire future business leaders and acts of philanthropy toward Auburn University.”

Auburn University’s Engineering College also remembered and honored the memory of Carol Ann Gavin, beloved mother of Chuck Gavin and wife of MFG Chemical Founder and former CEO Charles E. Gavin III. The Auburn Engineering Department has created and dedicated the Carol Ann Gavin Garden, covering 44,000 square feet of build out space. This open area provides students, faculty and staff with a tranquil spot to study, eat lunch or relax right in the heart of the engineering campus.

The creation of these special places at Auburn comes just one year after the dedication of the Carol Ann and Charles E. Gavin III Engineering Research Laboratory. Christopher B. Roberts, Dean of Engineering, addressed the audience and MFG Chemical Founder Charles E. Gavin III, stating, “Charles is visionary, innovative and transformational. He created a process for making carpet much more beautiful through the dyeing process, and after that, built one of the world’s greatest specialty chemical companies, MFG Chemical. Charles and the entire Gavin family, by making the Gavin Laboratory renovation possible and turning this once dilapidated space into an oasis, you’ve impacted future Auburn engineers for generations to come. Because of your belief in Auburn, and your love for it, this is all possible.”

About MFG Chemical

MFG Chemical, LLC is a leading specialty and custom chemical manufacturer for a variety of global markets, including personal care, agriculture, asphalt, graphic arts, lubricants, mining, oilfield, paints & coatings, pulp & paper and water treatment. The company is headquartered in Dalton, GA, and operates four manufacturing facilities with world-class product development capabilities in Northwest Georgia and Pasadena, Texas.

Key chemistries include Amides, Dioctyl Sodium Sulfosuccinates (DOSS), Esters, Imidazolines, Rheology Modifiers Surfactants, Specialty Anhydrides and Water Soluble Polymers In addition, the company recently received two SOCMA Awards for plant safety and process efficiency and has achieved ISO 9001: 2015 Certification. For more information, visit

About Auburn University

Auburn University is a nationally ranked land grant institution recognized for its commitment to world-class scholarship, interdisciplinary research with an elite, top-tier Carnegie R1 classification and an undergraduate education experience second to none. Auburn is home to more than 30,000 students, and its faculty and research partners collaborate to develop and deliver meaningful scholarship, science and technology-based advancements that meet pressing regional, national and global needs. Auburn’s commitment to active student engagement, professional success and public/private partnership drives a growing reputation for outreach and extension that delivers broad economic, health and social impact. Auburn’s mission to educate, discover and collaborate drives its expanding impact on the world.


Jon Amdursky

MFG Chemical

Phone (201) 394-2476


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