US DuPont closes headquarters, 7 sites due to Hurricane Sandy

30 October 2012 16:05  [Source: ICIS news]

Taxi cabs line a flooded streetHOUSTON (ICIS)--DuPont said it had temporarily closed its Wilmington office in Delaware and research facilities as well as seven sites as the region dealt with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy on Tuesday.

Closures included Wilmington area offices and research centres, as well as facilities in Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island, the company said on Twitter.

The company has an emergency response team stationed in North Carolina.

DuPont’s Edge Moor facilities in Delaware manufactures titanium dioxide (TiO2) and ferric chloride. It has a TiO2 capacity of 155,000 tonnes/year, according to ICIS plants and projects.

The company’s Towanda site in Pennsylvania manufactures flexible laminates, films and other products.

In New Jersey, DuPont’s Parlin facility in Sayreville makes packaging graphics products, Teflon fluoropolymer products and Tedlar polyvinyl fluoride products. Its Deepwater facility makes specialty and performance chemicals, fluorochemicals, elastomers, polyester elastomers and industrial chemicals.

“Superstorm Sandy” lost its hurricane status and made landfall as a post-tropical cyclone near Atlantic City, New Jersey at about 2000 hours New York Time on Monday (0000 hours GMT on Tuesday), the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

Maximum sustained winds reached 80 mph (130 km/hr), and the National Ocean Service tide gauges reported storm surge heights of 11.9 feet in Kings Points, New York.

Additional reporting by Al Greenwood and Brian Ford

By: Tracy Dang
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