Feb 3, 2016
By West Kentucky Star Staff
CALVERT CITY, KY – Governor Matt Bevin announced Thursday morning that Westlake Chemical Corporation plans to invest $130 million in their Calvert City facility to improve efficiency and retain hundreds of jobs.
In a press release on their website, Westlake said the expansion would remove a bottleneck at the facility, and expand their ethylene capacity. Westlake officials expect to start construction as early as the end of the year.
“This investment by Westlake in Marshall County helps ensure a stable future for thousands of people in Western Kentucky directly and indirectly connected to the facility,” Gov. Bevin said.
Westlake President and Chief Executive Officer Albert Chao said, “We are pleased about this investment in our Calvert City operations. Westlake Chemical has enjoyed a rewarding relationship with Kentucky for more than 25 years. These operations are a vital hub for our enterprise and we look forward to a continued beneficial partnership in the future.”
Westlake purchased the Calvert City facility in 1990 from BF Goodrich. It employs 387 workers and 150 fulltime contractors. Customers use their vinyl resins to make a variety of construction materials, including pipe, windows, fencing, decking and film.