UPDATE | Chemical jobs to remain at former DuPont plant in Belle

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KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- UPDATE 12/20/19 @ 3:45 p.m.
Not long before 50 people at the Chemours Plant were set to lose their jobs, they received an early Christmas gift.

Chemours Plant Manager Andy Harris said in a statement Thursday night that the company has signed a letter of commitment with Belle Chemical Company for the sale of the methylamines/methlamides business at the Belle plant, saving dozens of jobs.

Chemours Plant Manager Andy Harris said in a statement Thursday night that the company has signed a letter of commitment with Belle Chemical Company for the sale of the methylamines/methlamides business at the Belle plant, saving dozens of jobs.

In September, WSAZ reported that 57 employees who worked on that particular line would have been laid off in early 2020. Chemours was formerly known as the DuPont Plant. About 200 employees work there.

Harris said announcing the layoffs to the plant's population was one of the worst days he experienced working at the plant.

Also According to Harris, "Chemours and Belle Chemical Company express our deep appreciation to Governor Justice, the West Virginia Development Office and U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capitol for their assistance in expediting the approvals that enabled this agreement and our ability to keep these highly skilled jobs in West Virginia."

Greg Zoglio, president and CEO of Belle Chemical Company, released the following statement Thursday night:

"This is an exciting day for Belle, our customers and the dedicated employees who have supported Chemours' methylamines business, and we welcome them to the Belle family. We are confident that we can drive an increased focus on the key attributes of the business, and by working in close coordination with our customers and partners, enhance the value proposition for all key stakeholders at the site."

Harris said announcing the contract to the site was like an early Christmas present. He added that he's glad he and his crews can continue working as usual.



ORIGINAL STORY 9/20/19
More than 50 chemical industry jobs will be leaving the Kanawha Valley by year's end.

According to Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper, the Chemours plant in Belle will be laying off more than 50 people.

Chemours will be laying off 57 employees by the end of the year. Chemours was formerly known as the DuPont Plant. About 200 employees work there.

Carper said Friday that he is "heartbroken" by the announcement.

"It is devastating to these families, it's another terrible blow for the eastern end of the county," Carper said. "And frankly we hear all too often how things are going to turn around, but the truth of the matter is plants close everyday throughout the United States."

The layoffs are partially due to the Amines line product no longer being made in West Virginia. It is being made in the Gulf Coast instead.

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