LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Nov. 19)—DuPont Dow Elastomers L.L.C. has extended the time frame for consolidating its neoprene production in Louisiana, meaning the company's Louisville site will continue to operate through 2006. DuPont Dow announced in September 2002 it was relocating all U.S. neoprene production to its LaPlace, La., facility, leaving it as the only plant producing the material in the Western Hemisphere. The Louisville factory was slated to close in the second half of 2005. The firm—a 50/50 joint venture of DuPont and Dow Chemical Co.—told its Louisville employees Nov. 13 it was extending operations by about a year. The delay would allow for a smoother transition of customer requalification programs and pace the timeline of the project more in line with anticipated market demand over the next several years, the company said.
DuPont Dow's Louisville plant to stay open through 2006
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