Westlake Chemical Recognized By NPRA for Safety Excellence

Westlake Chemical Recognized By NPRA for Safety Excellence

HOUSTON, March 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Westlake Chemical (NYSE: WLK) has been recognized by the National Petrochemical and Refiners Association (NPRA) for excellence in safety performance at several of its facilities in Sulphur, LA, located in the Lake Charles area.

Steve Pocsik, Vice President of Manufacturing, Lake Charles complex, said, "Recognition by the NPRA is confirmation of the extraordinary accomplishments our employees have achieved in the area of safety performance in 2004."

These awards recognize individual facilities in the petroleum refining and petrochemical manufacturing industry, as well as the contractors supporting the industry, for their excellent record of safe operations during the 2004 calendar year. Westlake will receive the awards in ceremonies to be held May 12, 2005 in New Orleans.

"We are very pleased to announce that Westlake Petrochemicals LP and Styrene LP received the Gold Award, the Meritorious Safety Performance Award and the Achievement Award and Westlake Polymers received the Achievement Award," added Pocsik.

The Gold Award recognizes facilities that have achieved a 25% or greater reduction in the total recordable incident rate with no workplace-related fatality of an employee or non-employee during the calendar year, as compared to the average total recordable incident rates for the three previous calendar years.

The Meritorious Award recognizes a facility for achieving a total recordable incident rate of 1.2 or less with no workplace-related fatality of an employee or non-employee during the calendar year.

The Achievement Award acknowledges facilities for operating one or more years without an employee lost workday case involving days away from work and without a workplace-related fatality of an employee or non-employee during the evaluation period.

"Working and operating our facilities in a safe manner is a top priority for Westlake, and we are extremely proud of the commitment and accomplishments of our employees," concluded Pocsik.

Westlake Chemical Corporation is a manufacturer and supplier of petrochemicals, polymers and fabricated products with headquarters in Houston, Texas. The company's range of products includes: ethylene, polyethylene, styrene, vinyl intermediates, PVC and PVC pipe, windows and fence. For more information, visit the company's Web site at http://www.westlakechemical.com .

The statements in this release relating to matters that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially, based on factors including, but not limited to: the cyclical nature of the chemical industry; availability, cost and volatility of raw materials and utilities; governmental regulatory actions and political unrest; global economic conditions; industry production capacity and operating rates; the supply/demand balance for Westlake's products; competitive products and pricing pressures; access to capital markets; technological developments; and other risk factors. For more detailed information about the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially, please refer to Westlake's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2004, which was filed in March 2005.

Contact: D. R. Hansen - Media (713-960-9111)

Ruth I. Dreessen - Investor Relations (713-960-9111)
Joe Andrepont - Lake Charles (337-583-3116)
SOURCE Westlake Chemical
03/30/2005
CONTACT: media, D. R. Hansen, +1-713-960-9111, or investor relations,
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/Web site: http://www.westlakechemical.com
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