What slowdown? Growing Kraton keeping busy

By Frank Esposito Crain staff (PN)

Houston, Texas — Kraton Polymers LLC continues to invest and grow in its second full year as a public company.

Houston-based Kraton, a major producer of styrenic block copolymers, spent $8 million on improvements last year at its plant in Belpre, Ohio, including a new lab that opened in August. In 2009, the firm spent $15 million on a new SAP global computer system.

Kraton also is in year three of a four-year, $40 million system upgrade plan in Belpre. When…

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