QUANTUM TO SHUT DOWN THREE LDPE UNITS

Quantum Chemical Co., Cincinnati, plans permanent shutdowns of its three oldest, least efficient, autoclave low density polyethylene (LDPE) polymer reactors is the U.S. Two of the units, which went on stream in the early 1960s at Quantum's La Porte, Tex., complex produce 60 million lb/year of LDPE. Both are unprofitable in today's weak market, the company said. Quantum expects to shut down the reactors by Dec. 31, resulting in the loss of 28 jobs. La Porte will continue to operate its

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