HOUSTON, Feb. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Westlake Chemical Corporation (NYSE: WLK) announced today that it held a dedication ceremony for the new Geismar, Louisiana Chlor-Alkali plant this morning. This ceremony was attended by The Honourable Bobby Jindal, Governor of Louisiana, James Chao, Chairman of the Board of Westlake Chemical and Albert Chao, President and CEO of Westlake Chemical. They were joined by various state and local officials, local industry guests and executives and employees of the company.
"We have enjoyed a long and rewarding relationship with Louisiana, operating since 2002 in Geismar and in Louisiana since 1986," says Albert Chao, President & CEO. "Our Louisiana operations are a vital hub for our enterprise and we are proud to be a responsible corporate citizen of the great State of Louisiana. We were honored to have Governor Jindal join us today and appreciate the long-standing support of the various state and local officials in the development and growth of our operations in Louisiana. We also thank our employees in Louisiana, as well as our project team for the successful completion of this project."
The new plant created 70 additional permanent positions in Geismar and at the peak of construction created over 2,000 construction jobs. During Westlake Chemical's time in Louisiana, it has invested over $2.5B in the state, in grassroots construction and other capital expansions.
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Westlake Chemical Corporation is an international manufacturer and supplier of petrochemicals, polymers and building products with headquarters in Houston, Texas. The company's range of products includes: ethylene, polyethylene, styrene, propylene, caustic, VCM, PVC resin and PVC building products including pipe and specialty components, windows and fence. For more information, visit the company's Web site at www.westlake.com.
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