PASCAGOULA, Miss.—Chemours Co. plans to close its First Chemical plant in Pascagoula at the end of 2020. The move, according to a statement provided by the company, marks a transition in focus.
"The First Chemical site in Pascagoula has been a valuable part of Chemours through its manufacturing of aniline, nitrobenzene and NDPA lube antioxidant," Chemors said in an emailed statement. "As a result of a business review we determined that aniline business is not core to our future strategy and we have made the difficult decision to exit the business and cease production at the site by the end of this year."
Chemors did not say how employees would be impacted by the plant's closure or how it plans to use the site in the future.
"We value every employee and the customers they serve, and we will support them through this time of transition," Chemours said. "We will continue to explore options for productive use of the site."
The site, established in 1967, manufactures aniline, the starting material for the synthesis of MDI.
Urethanes Technology International contributed to this report.