Processors are assessing damage from Hurricane Harvey and the more than 4 feet of rain that came with it in Texas.
While information is just starting to come in regarding businesses in a region that saw more than 13 deaths a few near the Gulf Coast have reported seeing some damage.
Berry Plastics Global Group Inc. closed two plants indefinitely to assess damage — in Victoria and Beaumont — while Inteplast Group said it expected to reopen its Lolita operations on Aug. 30.
Berry manufacturers institutional can liners and retail trash bags in Victoria while the Beaumont facility reprocesses resins, Amy Waterman, global marketing communications manager for the Evansville, Ind.-based company, said in an email.
The company issued a statement Aug. 29 saying, "Production has been idled until we evaluate the extent of the damage and make necessary repairs to ensure the safe return to operation. To the best of our knowledge, no employee injuries occurred. This weather event remains ongoing, as the Texas Gulf Coast is continuing to receive significant rainfall. The company is working with our customers and vendors to minimize the impact."
Inteplast manufactures PVC products, such as decking, molding, siding and reusable shopping bags, at its 575-acre Lolita campus, which has numerous buildings.
"Although our Lolita site sustained roof and other structural damages, thank God we were largely spared and thus we should be able to recover quickly for the sake of all our employees as well as customers," Inteplast Group President John Young said in an Agu. 29 announcement.