Photo by Stephen Betts

ROCKLAND — Production at one of the region’s largest employers is on an indefinite pause.

The carrageenan plant on Lime Street stopped production a few weeks ago.

The sign at the entrance to the manufacturing plant on Lime Street in Rockland. Photo by Stephen Betts

A spokeswoman for IFF (International Flavors and Fragrances) issued a statement Tuesday, Jan. 10 in response to questions from The Courier-Gazette.

“Over the past two years, we ramped up production to better supply our customers. We are taking a pause in production due to inventory control, which we have done in the past. Our employees are being paid during this time. We’re continuing to evaluate market conditions, and will resume production according to customer needs,” according to the statement from the company.

IFF and DuPont’s Nutrition & Biosciences business merged in February 2021. At that time, IFF stated that the merger created “a global leader in high-value ingredients and solutions for the Food & Beverage, Home & Personal Care and Health & Wellness markets, with estimated 2020 pro forma revenue of more than $11 billion.”

DuPont shareholders owned 55 percent of the combined company and IFF’s shareholders owned 45 percent at the time of merger. The sign at the entrance to the plant identifies the plant as DuPont, and the city property tax records list the owner as DuPont Nutrition USA.

DowDuPont purchased the Rockland plant in November 2017 from FMC Corporation.

There were 107 employees as of the November 2017 sale. IFF said it does not disclose the number of employees at individual plants.

DuPont remains the top property taxpayer in Rockland, with a taxable assessment of $20.5 million which translates into a bill of $498,000. The company has $14.4 million in equipment that is exempt from the property tax due to a state law to benefit businesses which is not included in the taxable assessment.