And with ExxonMobil’s latest expansion of a new high-performance polyethylene line, the Beaumont story continues to grow.
ExxonMobil’s polyethylene plant in Beaumont will increase production capacity by 65 percent, or 650,000 tons, per year, bringing the site’s capacity up to about 1.7 million tons per year.
And how is polyethylene being used? Much of it will go toward creating products for liquid and food packaging, construction liners and agricultural films – meeting global demand that continues to increase each year. Many of these products are essential in improving agricultural yields and reducing food waste around the world.
Helping drive this expansion, along with a string of investments by ExxonMobil, is the abundant supply of natural gas liquids from shale fields across the country.
And Beaumont, which saw 2,000 jobs during peak construction, is just one example of this new energy along the U.S. Gulf Coast. The region will benefit from 45,000 high-paying jobs from the company building and expanding manufacturing facilities as part of its Growing the Gulf campaign announced in 2017.
Operations tied to Beaumont’s latest expansion will inject up to $20 billion in increased economic activity for the region, reinforcing its place as an American manufacturing hub.