President Rich Springston welcomed members and guests. He read the mission and vision and the groundrules. The July minutes were approved as submitted.
Open Mic – Community Related
Brad Karas, ASRC, speaking as a member of the community, suggested that all interested should take advantage of the ongoing meteor shower in August. Find a dark spot away from city lights.
Open Mic – Plant Related
Jana Zigrye, Dow Chemical, introduced Scott Nofsinger, the plant’s new Environment, Health, and Safety manager.
Joe Leskowski, PolyOne, announced that Plant Manager Paul Reger retired. Karen Finn is filling in.
Rich Robinson responded to a question that arose last month regarding ASRC’s settlement with the Air Pollution Control District. The plant built and opened a new powerhouse to generate steam in 1992 after seven years of a painstaking permitting process. The facility has been running within its permit levels since it opened. When ASRC was reissued an operating permit in 2000, there was a misunderstanding between ASRC and APCD about how sulfur dioxide was being calculated. Discussions went on for several years. Ultimately, APCD suggested a compromise that the plant decided would be less costly in the long run. It paid a $112,500 administrative fee. Rich emphasized there have been no emission violations, even under the new agreement that has more stringent requirements.
Tom Herman distributed copies of a Business First profile of Matt Rhodes.
Alice Simpson, Lubrizol, said last week’s rain storm caused the Bells Lane complex to close from Tuesday until Saturday. A key issue was a loss of electricity caused by a power outage at the OxyVinyls-operated powerhouse, which was under water.
Program – Plant Presentations
Market conditions relatively good, signs of recovery.
Lubrizol is investing capital in Louisville plant.
Lubrizol stock value has more than doubled over past 6 months.
Our TempRite heat-resistant plastics are commonly used in home and commercial plumbing and fire sprinkler piping systems.
Vycar™ end uses:
Deck primer, wall coverings, commercial fishing net coating
PolyOne, Joe Laskosky
22 U.S. plants, five make PVC
90% of the product goes into wire and cable markets
No hazardous materials are handled at the plant
The last lost-time injury was six years ago
The plant experienced a layoff in March. Normal production is 9 million pounds a month, but it dropped to 2 ½ million in February. Three U.S. facilities closed and the company is experiencing no growth.
Because we ran out of time, subcommittee meetings were postponed to September. The meeting adjourned at 8 p.m.