Chemical companies resume operations after Sandy storm

Chemical companies resume operations after Sandy storm

9:11 AM, 2nd November 2012
Chemical companies resume operations after Sandy storm

NEW YORK/CHICAGO, US: After Hurricane Sandy bashed the East Coast with wind, flooding and a blizzard, companies scrambled to assess the damage. Chemical companies and drugmakers, heavily concentrated in New York and New Jersey, were laid low by the storm. The offices in the area which were closed on 30 October are starting to resume normal operations.

GlaxoSmithKline Plc had implemented a continuity plan to ensure medicines would be distributed, especially given the numerous airport closures. The company also said there was sufficient inventory in the supply chain to avoid serious disruptions.

BASF, the world’s largest chemical company, said its East Coast facilities had sustained minor damage in the storm, and the company has resumed operations.

None of chemical maker DuPont’s facilities, many of which are in the direct path of Hurricane Sandy in Delaware and New Jersey, were seriously damaged. Dow Chemical has already reopened one facility in Connecticut and one in Massachusetts.

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