Invista plant loses power; no injuries reported

April 5, 2013 at 2 a.m.
Updated April 4, 2013 at 11:05 p.m.

Workers at the Invista plant in Victoria County were without power for several hours Thursday night.

Amy Hodges, Invista's public affairs manager, said the site, which is about seven miles south of the Victoria city limits, experienced the outage about 7:30 p.m., which also affected the DuPont and LyondellBasell operations.

Hodges said, "The site's safety and emergency systems worked as designed to mitigate the impact of the outage.

"All site employees have been accounted for and there were no injuries as the result of the power outage."

She said there was no impact on the community and that workers were trying to restore power as of early Friday.

"All appropriate regulatory agencies have been contacted," Hodges said. "It is premature to speculate on the cause of the power outage, but it will be thoroughly investigated."

Victoria County fire officials said late Thursday that they were not notified about the power outage.

The Victoria 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.

Invista is a subsidiary of Koch Industries Inc. and the Victoria site employs about 600 people.

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