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Invista product wind-down to affect 100 N.C. workers

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, at 12:31 p.m.

A subsidiary of Wichita-based Koch Industries expects to begin laying off workers at its North Carolina plant at the end of the year as part of a wind-down of one of its products, which was announced in 2012.

About 100 workers at the Invista plant in Wilmington will be affected, Invista spokesman Greg Standifer said Thursday.

He said those workers are involved in the manufacture of a product called DMT – or dimethyl terephthalate, a raw material for polyester films and fibers – which he said is no longer feasible for the company to produce.

The workers there were notified of the plan to cease the manufacture of DMT in September 2012, Standifer said.

“For our employees and contractors, this is not new news,” he said.

Standifer said the layoffs will happen in two phases, one at the end of the year and another at the end of January 2014. He said the affected workers are able to apply for other positions within Koch companies and would receive help from Invista to find jobs outside of it and Koch.

About 50 people will continue to be employed at the Wilmington plant, which produces another product called Terate aromatic polyester polyols. That product has seen a surge in demand and “great customer acceptance,” Standifer said.

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