Post Hurricane Ike, as recovery efforts are ably in progress, DuPont has announced that all 2,300 DuPont employees in the storm affected area are safe. As Hurricane Ike neared the region, 9 DuPont manufacturing sites, one agricultural research site and one office location were shut down. Temporary housing has been provided for employees and their families made homeless by the storm. 5 of the 9 manufacturing sites shut have currently resumed operations at Baytown, Bayport, Corpus Christi, Houston Powder Coatings and Victoria. The La Porte site is awaiting availability of raw materials, and with resumption of electrical power at Beaumont and Houston, steady progress is underway toward restart. Based on preliminary assessments of storm surge damage, restart of DuPont's Sabine facility is unclear. Cleanup and recovery work is underway. The company has declared "force majeure" for its ethylene copolymers business.
Marginal impact was felt on operations in Rohm and Haas' Deer Park and Bayport by the direct effects of Hurricane Ike. However, indirect effects like raw material availability, energy and transportation logistics, presented a deeper challenge. However, each of the challenges has been overcome, and feedstock availability is on track. Rohm and Haas Company's manufacturing plants in Texas have successfully restarted operations and are continuing to supply customers with products from these plants.