Axiall Corp. has returned its vinyl chloride monomer manufacturing plant at the company’s chemicals complex in Lake Charles, La., to full operating rates following a December 2013 fire (OGJ Online, Dec. 26, 2013).
The PHH facility returned to full service at the end of June but followed a slower ramp-up to full operating rates, the company said.
The company said in April it had completed repairs to damages stemming from the December fire and, at the time, had expected the plant to reach full operating rates in May (OGJ Online, Apr. 15, 2014).
Formed by a merger of Georgia Gulf Corp. and the commodity chemicals business of PPG Industries, Pittsburgh, in January 2013, Axiall holds three manufacturing plants in Louisiana, two of which are in the Lake Charles area, with another in Plaquemine (OGJ Online, Dec. 20, 2013).