SABIC to close in 2015

WASHINGTON, W.Va. – Shortly before Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced the possibility of a new ethane cracker plant in Wood County, employees at SABIC were told their jobs would end in less than two years.

Officials with the plant confirmed a letter was sent to employees Thursday informing them operations at the plant would merge with existing plants in Illinois and Mississippi. The plant employs about 130 people.

SABIC Plant Manager Scott Dansey issued a statement Thursday afternoon.

“In an effort to increase its competitive position in the challenging global Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) market, SABIC today (Thursday) informed employees that we will consolidate our U.S. ABS operations. We will close our Washington, W.Va., facility and transfer some of its ABS production to SABIC’s Ottawa, Ill., and Bay St. Louis, Miss., facilities during the second quarter 2015,” Dansey said. “We anticipate that SABIC employees will continue to work at the site over the next 18 months to assist with this transition.

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