Huntsman reorganizes PN manufacturing site

Published 6:09 pm Wednesday, June 3, 2015

PORT NECHES — Huntsman’s manufacturing site in Port Neches is moving from a divisional site to a corporate operation facility.
The reorganization of Huntsman’s largest single manufacturing facility — which will report directly into corporate manufacturing excellence and be known as Port Neches Operations — was announced on Wednesday.
“Our Port Neches site is the largest single manufacturing facility in Huntsman and serves our two largest business divisions, Performance Products and Polyurethanes. With the investment of more than $500 million over the past five years, plus the new ethylene oxide unit – which will make Port Neches the largest single EO producer in North America – the role of the Port Neches site as a global center of manufacturing excellence will continue to grow,” Anne Knisely, director corporate communications, said. “With the scale, growth, complexity and strategic importance of Port Neches to Huntsman Corporation, the company believes that operating the site as a corporate, versus divisional, facility will enable greater focus on operational safety, reliability and performance.”
Knisely said the Port Neches plant has delivered very good operational performance in recent years and has dramatically improved its environmental, safety and process safety performance, and the company want to build on this momentum.
The reorganization includes a change in leadership at the site. John Prows, Vice President Corporate Engineering and Operational Excellence, will take on the additional role of interim site director reporting to Ron Gerrard, Senior Vice President EHS and Manufacturing Excellence.
“John Prows, the new interim site director, is very familiar with the site, which will enable us to continue to focus on current operations and the key projects and developments underway,” she added.
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