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DuPont Moving Polymer Production to Virginia

Feb 6, 2013

Gregory Phillips

DuPont said Tuesday that its Cedar Creek site in Fayetteville will close by November at the cost of 56 manufacturing jobs.

DuPont Teijin Films US LP plans to consolidate production of internal PET polymer for its U.S. business at its Hopewell manufacturing site in Chester, Va.

Preston Hubble, manager of the 25,000-square-foot Fayetteville plant, said the performance of the plant and its employees was not to blame.

"All those have been great. We couldn't have asked for more," he said. "It's just business conditions, the economic climate and other pressures that have happened over the years in the polyester world that have brought this to a head."

The polyester chips made in Cumberland County are used in polyester films that can be found in products including panel displays, diabetes test strips and bar codes, Hubble said.

The Cedar Creek site will end PET polymer production by the middle of this year, the company said, and the 50-acre site will close by Nov. 30.

Of the 56 manufacturing jobs affected, 16 are contract positions. Hubble said the company will help the displaced workers find jobs, either at DuPont or elsewhere.

"Our first aim is to find employment for those who want it," he said.

The Cedar Creek site opened in 1967 as a nylon plant. It has been subdivided and changed hands and functions over the years. DuPont currently occupies about 25 percent of it.

DuPont Teijin Films is a global joint venture partnership between E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Co. and Japan's Teijin Corp.

DuPont Teijin Films makes a range of polyester films for markets including electronics, packaging, safety, health and protection, digital imaging and industrial applications.

The closure of the site has nothing to do with DuPont's Fayetteville Works operation off N.C. 87 at the Cumberland-Bladen County line. About 460 employees work there, plus 300 to 400 contractors.


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Source: (c) 2013 The Fayetteville Observer (Fayetteville, N.C.)