Chevron Phillips Chemical Company has recently received the necessary environmental permit to begin expanding its operations at the Cedar Bayou Plant in Baytown, Texas. The company will begin producing an additional 100,000 metric tons of chemicals per year.
"This investment decision reflects Chevron Phillips Chemical's strategy to leverage North American shale gas development by continuing to grow our U.S. based Olefins and Polyolefins footprint," said Mark Lashier, Executive Vice President of Olefins and Polyolefins.
The construction phase will last until July 2015, and add an extra 600 jobs to the workforce. Once construction is complete, the plant will likely hire new workers to begin operating at the increased capacity.
Chevron Philips recently announced that it was also building an ethylene cracker in Baytown Texas, as well as two world-scale polyethylene reactors in Old Ocean, Texas. The company will also build a 1-hexene facility in Baytown that promises to work well with the current plant and its expansion.
The company has already begun building the PE resin plants, having broken ground on the projects on June 17. according to Plastics News. The project will lead to many more jobs in the manufacturing industry. Manufacturing in general, and work having to do with chemicals derived from crude oil in particular, is on the rise, due in particular to the expanding oil and natural gas industry in the U.S. because of hydraulic fracturing.
The PE plants will generate 400 full-time jobs, in addition to the 10,000 temporary construction jobs. There will also be an additional 45 miles of railroad track. Many companies in this industry are beginning to building PE plants, such as ExxonMobile, DOW and Formosa Plastics. PE products including flexible plastic packaging, plastic pipes, disposable bags and similar items.
Chevron Philips President and CEO Peter Cella said that the PE project when complete will put his company "in a position to better serve the growing needs of our customers around the globe."
Expanding businesses would do well to work with manufacturing recruiters to find the best candidates for their open positions.