US storm Isaac forces Cornerstone to halt melamine production

27 August 2012 14:59  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US melamine maker Cornerstone Chemical shut down production at its Waggaman, Louisiana, plant early Monday after authorities ordered an evacuation of the area ahead of the arrival of tropical storm Isaac.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) on Monday was expecting Isaac to make landfall Tuesday or Wednesday somewhere along the northern Gulf of Mexico, possibly in the area of New Orleans.

Cornerstone produces 60,000 tonnes/year of melamine at a plant in the Fortier Manufacturing Complex at Waggaman, about 40 miles from New Orleans.

Cornerstone was forced to shut down its melamine plant in the early hours of Monday after local authorities ordered an evacuation of the area as a precautionary measure ahead of the storm, a source said.

The Cornerstone plant is expected to be shut down for at least several days, the source said.

By: Frank Zaworski
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