Firestone Polymers, PPG declare force majeure

Akron, Ohio — Synthetic rubber producer Firestone Polymers LLC and silica maker PPG Industries Inc have given force majeure notices as a result of Hurricane Rita.

Firestone Polymers–which makes polybutadiene, SBR and styrene SB and SBS block copolymers–closed its plants in Orange, Texas, and Lake Charles, Louisiana, on Sept. 22 as the storm approached. The declaration of force majeure, meaning it can’t fulfill contracts because of an act of God, covers all the firm’s products, according to a letter to customers from John Vincent, president of…

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