Kureha breaks ground for new polymer plant


State and local dignitaries joined Kureha PGA LLC as the company broke ground for its new, high-performance polymer, Polyglycolic Acid (PGA), plant. This new polymer will be sold and distributed under the Kuredux(TM) trade name. The facility, located at DuPont's site in Belle, W. Va., is expected to begin polymer production in early 2010. The first phase of construction will create approximately 50 new jobs and generate more than $100 million in economic impact.

"We spent a considerable amount of time researching various sites around the U.S. to find the perfect location for our new business, and with the tremendous support of Senator Rockefeller, Governor Manchin, Congresswoman Capito, Discover the Real West Virginia Foundation, the West Virginia Development Office and of course our business friends at DuPont, we have decided that West Virginia will be the home of our breakthrough new polymer, Polyglycolic Acid," said Dr. Takao Iwasaki, president and CEO of Kureha Corp.

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