Advocate editorial board opinion: Congratulations to DuPont's low density polyethelene plant
By By the Advocate Editorial Board
April 11, 2011 at 7 p.m.
Updated April 10, 2011 at 11:11 p.m.
We wanted to share in congratulating DuPont upon its low density polyethelene plant's 50th anniversary in Victoria County.
Once a vast operation utilizing 4,500 acres and being the largest employer in Victoria County, DuPont has remained a powerful economic force for Victoria and surrounding communities.
That the population doubled during the second half of the 20th century from 1955 to 1965 is testament alone to DuPont's contributions to the area.
As Joe Talbott commented, "It changed everything in the town. We saw houses starting to be built and people coming in. The schools got better. A new school got built."
And the Talbotts should know with three generations working at the plant since it was built.
DuPont sold its nylon business to Koch and most of its holding to Invista in 2004. But the stand-alone low density polyethelene plant remains.
The low density polyethelene plant produces small, BB sized pellets use to manufacture shoe soles, food packaging, hoses and tubes, soft drink bottle top liners, solar cells and more.
We appreciate DuPont's safety record and its long-standing position in Victoria County.
And we hope for another 50 years and more of partnership.
This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.