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Investment will provide customers with more flexibility, efficiency, and reliability
Released: Nov 4, 2009
Spartanburg, S.C. - November 3, 2009 - INVISTA, a global manufacturer of chemical intermediates, polymers and fibers, and CSX Transportation, Inc. (CSXT) celebrated the expansion of rail tracks and other infrastructure in a ceremony today at INVISTA's Spartanburg plant. The capital investment will result in increased efficiency and improved customer service.
CSXT and INVISTA worked together to complete the rail expansion project that will facilitate more efficient delivery and pick up of rail cars. With this recently completed project, INVISTA gained the capacity needed to switch its own rail cars at its facility, creating greater switching flexibility and control within the plant. CSXT now has the ability to serve the plant without interruption from passing trains on the CSXT main line. Both CSXT and INVISTA expect improved customer service from the completed project.
Work began last year to significantly rework and expand the track layout at the INVISTA manufacturing facility where CSXT delivers and picks up rail cars. The new layout eliminates interference with passing trains, expands holding tracks for INVISTA rail cars, and allows INVISTA to benefit from a new facility for the direct transfer of products from rail cars to trucks.
CSXT re-aligned its main line to provide the space needed for the storage and switching tracks. In all, nearly 26,000 feet of new track was built.
"This is an innovation that will increase flexibility of the site and make logistics processes even more efficient," said Phil Rine, director of logistics sourcing for INVISTA's Polymer & Resins business, at a dedication ceremony today attended by executives of both companies. "INVISTA and CSXT worked together to identify and implement the right solution, and completed the project on time, under budget, and without any safety incidents."
"While the industries in which we operate have experienced economic challenges, this investment and partnership with CSX will enhance our ability to compete," said Juan Flores, INVISTA Spartanburg site manager. "I am extremely proud of both the INVISTA and CSX project teams and want to offer my sincere gratitude and congratulations."
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Dean Piacente, CSXT's vice president-chemicals and fertilizer, said, "The expanded facility demonstrates the mutual benefits of working to understand each other's business needs and use constructive dialogue to drive results that help keep our customers competitive."
Chris Hamman, president of INVISTA Polymer & Resins, complimented the two companies' collaboration, commenting that a value-generating relationship is created when both companies are willing to work together. "With aligned incentives, both companies have created value for their customers; and our employees and the community win in the process," Hamman stated.
The project was celebrated with managers from both companies ceremoniously opening the new lines with a ribbon cutting and comments from senior project leaders.
INVISTA is one of the world's largest integrated producers of polymers and fibers, primarily for nylon, spandex and polyester applications. With a business presence in over 20 countries, INVISTA's global businesses deliver exceptional value for their customers through technology innovations, market insights and a powerful portfolio of global trademarks including: ADI-PURE��, ANTRON��, AVORA��, C12", COMFOREL��, COOLMAX��, CORDURA��, CORFREE��, DACRON��, DBE��, DYTEK��, FRESHFX��, LYCRA��, PERFORMA", POLARGUARD��, POLYSHIELD��, POLYCLEAR��, SOLARMAX��, STAINMASTER��, SUPPLEX��, SUPRIVA��, TACTEL��, TACTESSE��, TERATE��, TERATHANE�� and THERMOLITE��. For more information, visit www.INVISTA.com.
CSX Transportation Inc. is a principal operating company of CSX Corporation. CSX Corporation, based in Jacksonville, Fla., is one of the leading transportation companies, providing rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transl oad services. The company's transportation network spans 21,000 miles with service to 23 eastern states and the District of Columbia, and connects to more than 70 ocean, river, and lake ports. More information about CSX Corporation and its subsidiaries is available at the company's Web site, www.csx.com.
Gary T. Sease