Norco plant to shut down by years end, will impact 60 employees
"The plant has been getting older and has not kept up with modern type technologies. The investment to keep it running wasn't there," Tommy Faucheux, Dow's director of public information for the St. Charles branch, said.† "Almost all of the employees will move to the west bank location.
"The facility has been there for 30 years," he said. "At one time it was part of Shell."
Dow has begun its communication with suppliers and customers to facilitate the shutting down of the plant within the specified timetable. Dow will fulfill contractual obligations appropriately, but may not be able to maintain the current level of supply to all customers.
"The closing of the St. Charles Operations' polypropylene plant is a difficult decision, but due to a number of factors, including the inability to secure a source of economically sustainable propylene, the use of older technologies at the plant and needed capital improvements to maintain operations to Dow standards, it will be unavoidable," said Julie McAlindon, Dow Polypropylene Global Business Director.
The St. Charles site was part of the transaction in which TDCC acquired UCC in 2001. The polypropylene plant has a capacity of 500/MM lbs. Polypropylene is used in a wide range of applications, including films, health and hygene, rigid and flexible packaging, automotive and consumer durables.
The planned shutdown of the facility will impact approximately 60 employees. It is expected that a large majority of those employees will be redeployed to other roles at St. Charles.
"Despite the closure of the polypropylene facility, SCO continues to be a vibrant site," said St. Charles Operations Site Leader Nawzer Parakh. "The polypropylene plant represents a small portion of total operations at St. Charles Operations and its closure will have little to no impact on our economic contributions to the local community,"
St. Charles Operations manufacturing facility will continue to operate with more than 2,000 employees and contract employees.
Herbs are Gabriel LoCocoís thing....
Bayou Gauche native Mason Dupre just knew that somehow, some way, he was cut out...
Scrumptious food, live music, and chance to mingle with family, friends and even a...
After serving 41 years in prison for the 1974 shooting death of Timothy Weber, Gary...
Paul Anders is still trying to understand why anyone would have hurt let alone kill...
"Take your [clothes] off and I can please you. You have no idea what I can do,"...
Today's Car Care is the name people trust when it comes to outstanding tires and automotive service in the River Region and beyond.
Former St. Charles Parish DA pleads guilty to obstruction of justice - 1506 views
Former St. Charles Parish District Attorney Harry Morel Jr., who on Wednesday was accused of preying on more than 20 women, pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice in federal court.
The obstruction charge stems from allegations that Morel harassed a grand jury witness and attempted to destroy evidence against him.