Special guest Charlie Morris will present: "Pine Tree chemicals: their amazing role in Florida's history and economy."
Special guest Charlie Morris will present: “Pine Tree chemicals: their amazing role in Florida’s history and economy.”
We touch, ride on, smell, eat or drink products from pine chemicals every day. Pine chemicals were used as caulk for ships in the very early days of sailing and today are used in a myriad of consumer applications.
The talk will follow the history of these products from the early days of settlements in the southeast to the vibrant industry of today.
Charlie Morris is a 3rd generation Floridian, born in Tampa, and a graduate in Chemical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He began his professional career working in a pine chemicals plant in north Jacksonville and then managed a Pine Chemicals business in Port St Joe, FL. He left the industry in the mid 1980’s to run a startup biotechnology in Baltimore, MD and then moved to Atlanta as a Vice President in Georgia Pacific Chemicals, managing their specialty chemicals business which included the pine chemicals operations in Crossett, AR. He quasi-retired to Fernandina Beach 10 years ago and now works as President and COO of the Pine Chemicals Association Inc., which represents the global pine chemicals industry including members from over 25 countries. His recent travels included trips to Europe, China and South America where he has made presentations on the multi-billion dollar pine chemicals industry, an industry which played a major role in the economies of early settlements of the southeastern USA.