For Release: Oct. 4, 2017
Media Contact: Samantha Smith, 304-957-9364, Samantha.Smith@wv.gov
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — With the assistance of state and local economic development agencies, Solvay Technology Solutions has committed to doubling its manufacturing facility at Willow Island in Pleasants County, West Virginia. The $70 million investment is expected to create as many as 40 new jobs over the next two to three years. Construction is expected to begin within the next two months and be completed by mid-2019.
Less than two years ago, Solvay purchased the Cytec facility for its Technology Solutions global business unit’s high molecular weight (HMW) hindered amine light stabilizers (HALS) production. This is the company’s only site that produces the products, which provide ultraviolet light stabilization polymers that are used to extend the life and performance of plastic in outdoor conditions, outdoor construction and other uses. This offers a stronger, lightweight alternative to materials such as glass, metals and wood in consumer and industrial products.
With encouragement and assistance from the West Virginia Development Office, the West Virginia Economic Development Authority, the Pleasants County Development Authority and the Pleasants County Commission, the New Jersey-based company has decided to make the $70 million investment to build a second, fully independent HMW HALS manufacturing unit at Willow Island to complement its current unit.
"We are pleased Solvay concluded that West Virginia is the best place to expand their operations,” said Commerce Secretary Woody Thrasher. “We know they studied many other possible sites, and like many other companies, they determined West Virginia is the right place to do business."
The West Virginia Development Office assisted Solvay officials with seeking statutory tax credits and committed training resources through the Governor’s Guaranteed Work Force Program.