NEW YORK, Sept 11 Major chemical makers in the
United States began to shut down facilities in the Gulf Coast
region on Thursday as Hurricane Ike continues to move toward
the coast of Texas.
Dow Chemical Co (DOW.N) said it is shutting down its
Freeport, Texas, facility, its largest integrated site in the
Dow, the largest U.S. chemical maker, is also ramping down
operations at other sites in Texas, including Clear Lake, La
Porte, Texas City and Seadrift.
Most U.S. chemical makers are in the process of restarting
facilities in Louisiana that were shut down due to Hurricane
DuPont Co (DD.N) said it is in the process of shutting down
nine sites that could be impacted by Hurricane Ike.
German chemical maker BASF BASF.DE, with a significant
presence in the region, said it is shutting down six facilities
likely to be affected by the hurricane.
BASF's sites in Texas are located at Freeport, Port Arthur,
Beaumont and Clear Lake. It also has two facilities in
(Reporting by Euan Rocha; editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)