Holly Oak Chemical, Inc.

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James Edward Cashion, Jr. (Jim) graduated from East Carolina University in 1973 with a Masters of Science Degree in Organic Chemistry. Mr. Cashion worked in three divisions of Burlington Industries including their corporate research center. He has an extensive working knowledge of textile dyeing and finishing. He later ran the Research and Development area for Textiles for Emery Industries, the world’s largest fatty acid producers at that time. With the expansion of Emery Industries into ethoxylation, propoxylation and cynoethylation, Mr. Cashion developed knowledge of the synthetic production of basic chemical building blocks into new surfactants, phosphate esters, synthetic lubricants, long chain polymers, and many new bases for the entire chemical industry. 


In 1979, Mr. Cashion started Holly Oak Chemical, Inc. to formulate and manufacture custom chemicals for research companies, sales organizations, and other chemical companies. Holly Oak was the first Title V, synthetic minor chemical manufacturing company in South Carolina and is today one of the largest privately owned chemical manufacturing companies in the southeast. Mr. Cashion also owns The Cashion Co., Inc. a large FCC regulated trucking company that specialized in bulk chemical hauling.  Mr. Cashion has long been active in environmental concerns and was the first Chairman of the Lauren County Water and Sewer Commission; the largest water distribution system in the United States. He is currently joined by all four of his children who work in different aspects of the business.