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Eastman Plans Longview, Texas, Production Operations

Specialty materials producer Eastman plans to expand its operations in Longview, Texas. The $1.2 billion project is expected to create more than 200 jobs.

The investment will include the construction of a new manufacturing facility at the company’s existing site.

“We deeply appreciate the support of Governor Abbott and the State of Texas for its continued collaboration as we announce this large investment at our Longview facility,” said Eastman Board Chair and CEO Mark Costa. “We are excited to work with the State and continue our legacy in Texas for generations to come by building this world-scale plant that will remove significant plastic waste from the region and create true circularity all while setting a new benchmark for decarbonization.”

The project is being supported by a Texas Enterprise Fund grant of $2,040,000.

“Texas is where businesses flourish and people prosper,” noted Governor Greg Abbott. “With our highly skilled workforce, unmatched business climate, and reasonable regulations, it is no surprise businesses from around the globe continue to choose to grow in Texas. This additional facility by Eastman in Longview will bring hundreds of good-paying jobs to hardworking Texans and millions in capital investment to East Texas. I thank the members of the Texas Legislature and local leaders for their tireless work to attract world-class business investments to our great state. Together, we will continue to create a bigger, better Texas for generations to come.”

Eastman manufactures and markets chemicals, fibers, and plastics. The company provides coatings, adhesives and specialty plastics products, is a major supplier of cellulose acetate fibers, and produces copolyesters for packaging. Eastman currently operates 36 manufacturing sites globally.

“Eastman is a longstanding institution in Longview, Texas, and we are more than honored that they have chosen the Longview site for their newest expansion project,” added President and CEO of Longview Economic Development Corp. Wayne Mansfield. “Nothing gives us more pride than when a legacy industry recognizes the assets of our workforce, our infrastructure, and our overall business climate by choosing to make new investments in our community. The confidence Eastman has in our region is revered, and our partnership will continue to grow to new heights as they integrate the circular economy into the heart of Longview. I can speak on behalf of the Longview Economic Development Board and LEDCO team that we are proud of the partnership that we share with Eastman and our community partners.”

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