Georgia Gulf, due to reduced ethylene supply and reduced operating rates for chlorine at its production facility in Plaquemine, La., has declared a force majeure for PVC (polyvinyl chloride) shipments. The company expects the force majeure to impact PVC shipments for the next few months. "The reduced ethylene supply is the result of a force majeure declared by a major supplier that significantly impacted our ability to procure this essential ingredient for producing PVC," said Joseph Breunig, executive vice president - Chemicals. "The reduced operating rate at our Plaquemine chloralkali facility is due to operational issues that have decreased the plant's effective production capacity by approximately 33%," Breunig said. An evaluation of the operational issues is being conducted, and the length and cost of necessary repairs is still being analyzed.