Chemical plant expected to bring 60 jobs to Kanawha County

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INSTITUTE, W.Va. (AP) - A chemical manufacturing startup is planning to build a methanol production facility in Kanawha County next year.

News outlets report Governor Earl Ray Tomblin announced Tuesday that California-based US Methanol will move a production facility to Institute and create more than 60 permanent positions when the plant begins operations in July 2017.

CEO Brad Gunn says his company plans to deconstruct a methanol plant in Brazil and install it next to the Dow-DuPont chemical plant. Officials say the facility would also create about 300 temporary construction positions beginning in November.

The plant will use a chemical process to turn methane into pure methanol, a base solution used in paints, plastics, windshield washer fluid and other chemicals, such as formaldehyde.

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