21 May 2013 18:08 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--Tronox’s Oklahoma City operations are unscathed, and its 150 employees and their families are safe and accounted for after Monday’s tornado in nearby Moore, Oklahoma, a company spokesman said on Tuesday.
On Monday afternoon the massive storm struck Moore, located 11 miles south of Oklahoma City and 25 miles southeast of the Tronox facilities, killing at least 51 people.
Tronox produces titanium dioxide (TiO2), a white pigment used in products including paints, coatings, plastics, paper, inks, fibres, food and cosmetics.
“All Tronox employees in the Oklahoma City area and their families are accounted for, and thankfully everyone is safe,” said Bud Grebey, vice president of corporate communications for Tronox. “We have initial reports of personal property damage and are awaiting more details. There has been no impact on business operations.”
“In Oklahoma City, Tronox conducts periodic evacuation and tornado drills,” Grebey added. “When the sirens sounded yesterday, we alerted employees that they were in for a tornado in the south part of the county … and that immediate shelter was not needed.”
Besides Oklahoma City, the company also has corporate offices in Stamford, Connecticut, Sandton, South Africa, and Perth, Australia. In addition to corporate functions, Oklahoma City is the site of Tronox’s pigment and electrolytic research and development labs and pigment division-related functions such as marketing and sales.
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