Processing Magazine

Pioneer announces decision not to resume production at its Tacoma plant

March 23, 2004
PRNewswire reports that Pioneer Companies, Inc., has decided not to resume chlor-alkali production at its Tacoma, Washington chlor-alkali plant, which was idled in March 2002. In 2003 Pioneer had indicated that production operations would be resumed at the site if arrangements could be made for the supply of power for use by the plant in its electrolytic process, and if Pioneer could establish a suitable customer base for the plant''s chlor-alkali products. Pioneer will continue to use the Tacoma plant site as a terminal to serve its customers in the Pacific Northwest. Pioneer will also continue to produce bleach and repackage chlorine at a separate facility in Tacoma. Pioneer, based in Houston, manufactures chlorine, caustic soda, bleach, hydrochloric acid and related products used in a variety of applications, including water treatment, plastics, pulp and paper, detergents, agricultural chemicals, pharmaceuticals and medical disinfectants.