North American Pipe has shut down its Springfield, KY production for PVC pipes

Westlake Chemical Corporation announced on June 23, 2011, that its North American Pipe Corporation subsidiary has shut down its Springfield, KY (Kentucky, USA) PVC pipe production facility in an effort to reduce costs and optimize production operations as a result of excess capacity in the PVC pipe market.

The Springfield site is one of the company’s smallest pipe facilities. Customers currently being serviced from Springfield will not experience any supply disruption and will now be served through North American Pipe’s other PVC pipe plants. Impairment and shutdown-related costs are expected to negatively impact second quarter 2011 pre-tax earnings by approximately $4 million.

photo: North American Pipe Corporation
photo: North American Pipe Corporation

“During the second quarter of 2011 our Lake Charles, Louisiana facility has also been negatively impacted by an unscheduled outage caused by a weather related power supply failure from a third party power provider, resulting in reduced production and repairs at an ethylene unit. We estimate that the lost production, repair costs and other expenses resulting from this event will lower second quarter 2011 pre-tax earnings by approximately $10 million. We expect proceeds from insurance recoveries to offset a majority of this impact in future periods. The unit has returned to normal operations.”, says a speaker of Westlake Chemical Corporation.

As a leader in the manufacturing of Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) piping products, North American Pipe’s broad range of PVC pipe products allows to be an important supplier in the municipal water and sewer, residential plumbing, irrigation, agricultural a nd do-it-yourself markets. Top quality raw materials and modern processing technology allow North American Pipe to meet all industry standards in addition to our own rigorous quality control standards.

Westlake Chemical Corporation (WLK)
Westlake Chemical Corporation is an international manufacturer and supplier of petrochemicals, polymers and building products with headquarters in Houston, Texas. The company’s range of products includes: ethylene, polyethylene, styrene, propylene, caustic, VCM, PVC resin and PVC building products including pipe, windows and fence.

contact: North American Pipe Corporation, Houston, Texas, www.northamericanpipe.com.
Westlake Chemical Corporation, Houston, Texas, www.westlake.com.