PORT NECHES, Texas (March 21)—Ameripol Synpol Corp. will close its Odessa, Texas, emulsion SBR plant indefinitely by mid to late May as part of a plan to realign production capacity with decreased market demand. Production idled by the Odessa closing will be transferred to the firm's larger Port Neches plant, where investments are ongoing, said Edwin H. Schmidt Jr., vice president and general manager of Ameripol Synpol. The Odessa closing will affect 164 employees and 30 contractors, and Ameripol Synpol said it would provide separation benefits and make outplacement assistance available. Ameripol Synpol operates 95,000 metric tons of capacity at the 45-year-old Odessa plant—the onetime Dynagen Inc. facility the firm bought from Continental A.G. in 1997—and 336,000 tons at Port Neches. Ameripol Synpol is "looking into several options" for the facility, but has made no decision about its future after the closing.