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Invista presents company update at chamber luncheon

By ALLISON MILES
Aug. 11, 2010 at 3:11 a.m.


Invista Victoria site in a nutshellConstruction began in 1949

Production began in 1951

Employs about 600 people

Company produces nylon intermediates

Produces more than 2 billion pounds of products annually

Sources: Steve Harvill, site manager and Amy Hodges, regional public affairs manager

New jobs and growth could be in the future for Victoria's Invista site.

Invista representatives presented a company overview Wednesday at the Victoria Chamber of Commerce's August luncheon.

The company has worked closely with area organizations to become part of the Texas Enterprise Zone Program, said Steve Harvill, the Victoria site manager.

Such a designation could mean more than $250 million in investment during the next five years, Harvill said, explaining the company would likely focus on health and safety activities. The plan, he said, would attract additional investment and employees to the site.

"That says that we're in this for the long haul, with the long-term investment," he said to the approximately 100-person crowd.

Victoria's Invista plant spans 4,500 acres and produces nylon intermediates that go into products such as Stainmaster carpet, parachutes and bristles for a variety of brushes, said Amy Hodges, the company's regional public affairs manager.

Invista is a subsidiary of Koch Industries and the Victoria site employs about 600 people, she said. HB Zachry, an on-site contractor employs about 300, while Dupont and LyondellBasell, who both operate from the Invista site, boast about 100 people.

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