Polymer Producer Expanding in Texas

Oct. 27, 2010
Company's plans include the immediate addition of more than 100 employees.

Invista, a Wichita, Kan.-based producer of polymers and fibers, said it plans to invest "significant capital" in its Texas facilities during the next six years.

The company, which is a subsidiary of Koch Industries Inc., also said it will ramp up employment "to support various initiatives and expected demand for the chemical intermediates it produces in Texas."

"We have initiated the hiring process to fill more than 100 roles at our Houston offices and at our Victoria, Orange and La Porte manufacturing facilities," said Jeff Silliman, Invista's global Intermediates human resources director. "Interested individuals can review open roles now posted at www.INVISTACareers.com to see if there is an open position that matches their interest, skills and experience."

Invista has approximately 2,000 employees and contractors in Texas and operates manufacturing facilities in Victoria, La Porte and Orange. The company also has two offices in Houston, which house engineering; project management; environmental, health and safety; and other staff functions.

The capital investments planned for Invista's Texas sites include safety and environmental projects, as well as production efficiencies and infrastructure renewal, according to the company. The investments will require an expanded employment base, including the immediate addition of more than 100 new employees such as engineers and maintenance and production technicians.

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