February 14, 2001 INVISTA, a global manufacturer of chemical intermediates, polymers and fibers, and CSX Transportation celebrated the expansion of rail tracks and other infrastructure in a ceremony today at INVISTA's Spartanburg, S.C., plant. The capital investment will result in increased efficiency and improved customer service.
CSXT and INVISTA worked
together to complete the rail expansion project that will facilitate more
efficient delivery and pick up of rail cars. With this recently completed
project, INVISTA gained the capacity needed to switch its own rail cars at its
facility, creating greater switching flexibility and control within the plant.
CSXT now has the ability to serve the plant without interruption from passing
trains on the CSXT main line. Both CSXT and INVISTA expect improved customer
service from the completed project.
Work began last year to
significantly rework and expand the track layout at the INVISTA manufacturing
facility where CSXT delivers and picks up rail cars. The new layout eliminates
interference with passing trains, expands holding tracks for INVISTA rail cars,
and allows INVISTA to benefit from a new facility for the direct transfer of
products from rail cars to trucks.
CSXT re-aligned its main
line to provide the space needed for the storage and switching tracks. In all,
nearly 26,000 feet of new track was built.
"This is an innovation
that will increase flexibility of the site and make logistics processes even
more efficient," said Phil Rine, director of logistics sourcing for
INVISTA’s Polymer & Resins business, at a dedication ceremony attended by
executives of both companies. "INVISTA and CSXT worked together to
identify and implement the right solution, and completed the project on time,
under budget, and without any safety incidents."
Dean Piacente, CSXT’s vice
president-chemicals and fertilizer, said, "The expanded facility
demonstrates the mutual benefits of working to understand each other’s business
needs and use constructive dialogue to drive results that help keep our
The project was celebrated
with managers from both companies ceremoniously opening the new lines with a
ribbon cutting and comments from senior project leaders.
INVISTA is one of the
world’s largest integrated producers of polymers and fibers, primarily for
nylon, spandex and polyester applications with a business presence in more than