FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 19, 2018
12:00 p.m. Central
Contact: Kuraray America, Inc.
KURARAY AMERICA, INC. STATEMENT ON FIRE AT KURARAY AMERICA’S EVAL SITE
HOUSTON – Officials with Kuraray America, Inc. confirm that a fire occurred at the company’s EVAL™ facility in Pasadena, Texas, at the corner of Choate Road and Bay Area Boulevard at approximately 10:43 a.m. central today. The fire has been extinguished and there is no threat to the surrounding area.
At the time of the incident, approximately 250 employees and contract personnel were onsite. All have been accounted for. Six personnel are being treated for non-life-threatening injuries at off-site medical facilities.
The company is fully cooperating with all local authorities and emergency response teams and will provide additional information as it becomes available and is confirmed.
Founded in 1926, Kuraray is a world leader in performance-based polymer and synthetic chemistry technologies, including resins, chemicals, fibers and textiles. It was the first entity in the world to bring polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH) synthetic fiber to market. The Japan-based company operates 22 subsidiaries around the world, including Kuraray America, Inc., which is headquartered in Houston. For more information, visit www.kuraray.us.com and www.kuraray.co.jp/en.
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