With a forecast of extreme cold and snow across much of the United States, some resin makers have started shutting down operations to make sure they don't see a repeat of winters past.
Research group ICIS says at least five sites in Texas have begun to shut down while others have started "winter protocols" for operations.
The companies want to avoid damage from an early 2021 winter storm that led to shutdowns and supply chain disruptions.
Chemical plants along the Gulf Coast aren't built with extreme cold in mind, so production can be interrupted anytime temperatures drop below freezing. Baytown, Texas — home to multiple resin plants — is expected to drop to 25° F or colder overnight during the Christmas weekend.
A Dow Inc. spokesman said the Midland, Mich.-based materials company is monitoring the forecast and preparing sites for severe weather.
"Our U.S. Gulf Coast sites are currently operating safely based on demand levels and per our freeze preparedness plan," he told PN's Frank Esposito in an email. "Our top priority is the safety of our people and our communities."