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DuPont plant continues to operate during COVID-19 outbreak

By Stephen Betts | Apr 02, 2020
Photo by: Stephen Betts The DuPont plant in Rockland.

Rockland — The DuPont carrageenan-manufacturing plant in Rockland will continue to operate during the COVID-19 outbreak.

A company spokesman said the facility off Tillson Avenue closed March 28 for two weeks of previously scheduled maintenance which is unrelated to the COVID-19 situation.

But other than that closure, the plant will remain open.

"The DuPont Rockland plant continues to operate through the current situation to deliver essential supplies to the pharma, food and beverage industries. In line with our Core Values, the safety and well-being of our employees and customers as well as ensuring the highest product quality and safety are key priorities for us. We have implemented safety plans and protocols based on World Health Organization (WHO) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines and recommendations to help prevent the spread of the virus. For example, all non-essential site employees now work remote, we are limiting visits to the plant to business-critical only and are practicing social distancing between process areas at the site and sanitizing common areas more frequently. We continue to monitor the situation as it evolves and adjust our plans and protocols on an ongoing basis to ensure employee safety while keeping production running," the company announced March 31 in a written statement.

The plant is one of the businesses exempted from the governor's emergency closure order.

DuPont employs about 110 workers in its Rockland plant.

DuPont and International Flavors and Fragrances announced Dec. 15 that the two companies reached an agreement to the merger of IFF and DuPont's Nutrition and Biosciences business. The merger is expected to be completed during the first three months of 2021.

The carrageenan manufacturing plant that is Rockland's top taxpayer, largest user of the sewage treatment plant, and one of the region's largest employer.

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