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Olin Announces Chlor-Alkali Capacity Reductions

HOUSTON, March21, 2016 (PCW) -- Olin announced today that will close its chlor-alkali plant in Henderson, Nevada, and reconfigure the facility to manufacture bleach and distribute caustic soda and hydrochloric acid. This action will reduce its chlor-alkali manufacturing capacity by 153,000 tons.

The Henderson workforce will be reduced by approximately 100 positions. The manufacturing of chlor-alkali at the location will cease on March 31, 2016.

The capacity of the Niagara Falls, NY chlor-alkali plant was reduced from 300,000 tons to 240,000 tons earlier this year. This plant continues to produce industrial bleach and on-purpose hydrochloric acid, in addition to chlor-alkali.

The chlor-alkali capacity at the Freeport, TX facility will be reduced by 220,000 tons. The Freeport site operates both diaphragm and membrane cell technologies. The 220,000-ton reduction will be entirely from diaphragm cell capacity. Following the capacity reduction in Freeport, the site will have 1,450,000 tons of membrane cell capacity and 1,580,000 tons of diaphragm cell capacity. The capacity reduction will be effective March 31, 2016. -- Donna Todd

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