Plastics plants operated by Solutia Inc., ExxonMobil Chemical Co. and Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. LP were working to recover from damage and power outages caused by Hurricane Ivan, even as the storm revived itself late last week and once again threatened Texas.
The most severe damage from Ivan's initial blast took place in Martinsville, Va., where a tornado spawned by remnants of the storm struck a plant operated by Solutia's CP Films unit Sept. 17.
The manufacturing and administration buildings there suffered ``significant structural damage due to high winds and rain,'' St. Louis-based Solutia said in a news release. No injuries were reported.
The Martinsville site produces polyester-based films for glass reinforcement, automotive and electronics applications. A nearby CP Films plant in Axton, Va., was not damaged. Solutia now is using an off-site warehouse and is working with other CP Films plants to meet demand.
Solutia's nylon resin plant in Pensacola, Fla., was shut down Sept. 16 as Ivan came ashore. The plant maintained power through an internal power supply and is in the process of restarting, officials said.
A Solutia nylon staple fiber plant in Foley, Ala., also was shut down before the hurricane, but has restarted. Neither site suffered significant damage, but rail and barge access will be limited for the near future, officials said.
The Advanced Elastomer Systems unit of ExxonMobil also operates a thermoplastic vulcanizate plant at the Solutia site in Pensacola. AES spokesman Craig Jensen said the plant suffered minor damage, but its processing equipment was not affected. He added that AES will restart operations in Pensacola ``as soon as it is safe to do so.''
Workers at Chevron Phillips' polystyrene plant in Marietta, Ohio, are working to restore the plant to normal operations after heavy rains caused the Ohio River to flood Sept. 20. Flood waters pushed the river to a height of 45 feet, flooding area homes and knocking out electricity.
The Marietta plant suffered no damage but was without power for about 36 hours until late Sept. 21, Chevron Phillips spokesman Scott Sheffler said. River and rail access to the plant also has been restored, he added.