(c)2012 NPT PHOTO BY DAVID POPIEL
Jeff Prickett, who is Tennessee Operations Director for SI Group. Updated
the Community Advisory Panel on the current $11 million expansion in Newport.
|Published: 6:58 PM, 11/16/2012
Author: David Popiel
Source: The Newport Plain Talk
The Newport chemical plant operated by SI Group plans to
resume operations after an $11 million expansion is completed later this year.
Jeff Prickett, director of Tennessee operations for SI
Group, said the expansion would increase current production of biphenol, a
white powder used to make plastics, by 50 percent.
More importantly to the international company and
Newport, the expansion is key to helping SI Group become the "global
market leader" for this product and to overtake Japan, Korea, and India.
During a Community Advisory Panel session on Thursday
night, Prickett told citizens that Newport and SI Group already supplies about
90 percent of the biphenol needs in America.
For more details, please see the weekend edition of the
Newport Plain Talk.
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