Transportation and infrastructure challenges also could lead to short-term price increases on some materials.
At plastics plants near Houston and along the Gulf Coast, managers are taking note of damage and making plans to bring production fully back on line.
Updated: Arkema Inc. President and CEO Rich Rowe said about 500,000 pounds of combustible organic peroxides remained at the Crosby, Texas, site on the morning of Sept. 1. By later in the day, two more containers of the material burst into flames. Arkema and local government officials have evacuated a 1.5 mile radius around the plant, and were waiting for the material to catch fire.