By Lora-Marie Bernard
A company with a Union Carbide history has completed its move to Texas City.
In January, Momentive acquired Texas City’s Sea Lion facility. Sea Lion on Century Boulevard had been creating silane products for Momentive for more than 10 years.
Ken Bussard, plant manager, introduced himself to a full house of industry leaders, city officials and interested residents on Thursday at the Citizens Advisory Panel. The community meeting was at the Nessler Center.
Bussard said the company may not be known to locals but it has a Texas City history.
“To give you an idea of who Momentive really is, you may not know the name but you do know the legacy,” he said. “It has a major 75 year history of two companies known as Union Carbide and General Electric.”
Bussard said Momentive was created when the two formed it as they sold divisions. The Century Boulevard site employs 60 workers and community involvement will be important to plant leaders.
“Momentive has a strong sustainability program,” he said. “One of those three tenets is community. You will all will know our presence and know we are here.”
The new owners will make an environmentally-safe product that enhance city image, he said.
“Everyone wants to know what goes on behind these fences, right?” he said. “So our major product is a tire additive. This plant in your community has the unique ability to produce the only tire additive to make tires eco-friendly.”
The company will produce 10 metric tons of the performance additive each year and 90 percent of it will head to China and Europe. The port’s deep water access was important to the company decision to move to Texas City, he said.
“Obviously if you are transporting 90 percent of your product, you want good transportation lines,” he said.
Over time, he said the company will expand its product lines to include more materials at the site. ?