Wilmington, Delaware-based Chemours, the chemical company formed in 2015 as a spinoff of DuPont, announced plans to layoff 57 employees from its Belle, West Virginia processing plant by the end of 2019. The decision appears to be driven by the rising costs of imported feedstock chemicals such as methanol and ammonia and the company’s desire to exit the methylamines and methylamides concurrently with the closure of the methylamines and methylamides production division. According to a company spokesperson, ““This was a difficult decision, made following a thorough review and analysis of the line of business. We will work to support impacted team members during the outplacement process.”
Methylamines are used to make intermediates for a wide range of industrial products such as rocket fuels to agricultural chemicals, including herbicides, fungicides, insecticides, biocides, and miticides. Agricultural chemicals are one of the widest uses for methylamines.
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