Texas-Eastman Chemical Plant, also known as Eastman Chemical Company
Address or general location:
300 Kodak Blvd., Longview, TX 75602
The Tennessee Eastman Corporation of Kingsport, TN established this petrochemical plant for their southwest location in 1952. The plant produces 2-Ethylhexnol, propylene, ethylene, and more than 40 other major chemical and polymer products. It is the world’s largest oxo aldehyde manufacturing facility.
Currently there are approximately 1500 employees in Longview.
Exposure information for chemical plants generally:
From the 1940s through the 1970s, chemical plants commonly used a wide array of asbestos containing products. Steam systems and steam driven equipment typically contained asbestos gaskets and packing and were covered in asbestos insulation. Certain kinds of asbestos fiber are also acid and chemically resistant. Thus, pipe lines, vats, vessels and sinks which needed to be acid and chemically resistant were often made of an asbestos laden compound.