Westlake Receives Safety Recognition from NPRA

Westlake Receives Safety Recognition from NPRA

May 1, 2003 - Houston, TX -- The National Petroleum Refiners Association (NPRA) recently recognized The Westlake Group's petrochemical operations in Lake Charles, LA for achievements in safety at its 2003 National Environmental and Safety Conference held in New Orleans. The Westlake Petrochemical Complex was given Awards for Safety Achievement for working over 2 million hours without a lost time accident for the Three Year period from April of 1999 to April 2002. Westlake Styrene received recognition for Four Years without a lost time accident during the period of March 1998 to March 2002. And Westlake Polymers was awarded for Two Years without a lost time accident during the period of October 2000 to October 2002.

“These awards are a reflection of our employees commitment to the safety and health of their co-workers and neighbors. They understand the principle that any job worth doing is worth doing safely. We congratulate the Lake Charles operations on their achievements and urge their continued attention to this important effort”, said Albert Chao, President.

Westlake's operations in Lake Charles are certified as Star Sites by OHSA in recognition of their high achievements and standards of safety excellence.

Westlake is a premium supplier of petrochemicals, plastics and fabricated products to the international marketplace. The company's operations in the Lake Charles area employs approximately 600 employees and manufactures a full range of plastics resins used in a variety of applications such as coatings for juice and milk cartons, plastic packaging for bakery good and produce and industrial liners.

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