UPDATE: Last Production Tank Arrives at Solvay

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UPDATE 9/11/2014 5:25 PM

Making way for progress.

The last of three production tanks arrives at a Marietta chemical plant.

It's all part of that major expansion at Solvay on Ohio Route 7.

The last of the tanks slowly made its way up I-77 to Route 821 and then on Route 60 through Marietta.

The transport was supposed to end Thursday at noon, but the weather delayed things a bit.

"The wet roads and the weather made it more complicated because the way the structure works, there wasn't a lot of force on the tires. So they had to get some assistance from some large tow trucks to help them get moving," says Wally Kandel, plant manager.

The three tanks - worth more than $1 million - were built in Georgia and transported to our area.

They'll help Solvay expand thermo plastic products manufacturing at the Marietta plant.

UPDATE 9/11/2014 10:30 AM

Traffic delays are possible, as a processing tank is taken to Solvay Polymers Thursday morning.

The tank is being transported on Route 60 and is expected to arrive at Solvay Polymers around around 12 p.m.

As of 10:45 a.m. the tank was still at the rest area off Exit 3 of I-77.

The tank will make its way from Rt. 821 to Rt 60, and from there it will be going across the Washington St. bridge onto Rt. 7 to Solvay.

You can expect delays along the route and authorities recommend an alternate route.

Solvay officials say while Rt. 7 should not be completely shut down, during the turn from Rt. 60 to Rt. 7 (3rd St. and Washington) the intersection will have to be shut down.

It's 76 feet tall, 16 feet in diameter and weighs nearly 50 tons.

It's part of a multi-million dollar investment in the Marietta plant.

UPDATE 8/19/2014 4:35 PM

It doesn't add jobs, but it keeps a Washington County industry in business.

The company is Solvay Polymers - part of what once was the Union Carbide complex on Ohio Route 7.

Sometime late this week, the last of three processing tanks is expected to arrive at the Solvay plant.

It's 76 feet tall, 16 feet in diameter and weighs nearly 50 tons.

Two similar tanks were installed last week.

It's part of a multi-million dollar investment in the Marietta plant.

The only resulting employment is construction jobs, but the plant manager says this means the jobs already there will remain in the area.

"Any time Solvay is committing a large capital investment to a site, as they have in Marietta since they bought the facility in 2001, it's a good indication they support our growing business as well as the local community," says Wally Kandel, manager of Solvay.

Solvay says once piping and other equipment is installed, the tanks are expected to be operating this fall.

The tank is being transported from Georgia and when it arrives in the area, traffic delays are expected.

It's moving north on I-77 and when it arrives in Ohio, it will be transported on Ohio Route 821 south, south on Ohio Route 60 to State Route 7.

New additions coming to Solvay Specialty Polymers in Marietta.

The plant will be getting three new processing tanks and a new look.

It is a multi-million dollar investment.

Officials say they hope this keeps the plant competitive in the polymer product market.

These tanks can weight around 50 tons.

The third and final tank is expected to arrive in the area sometime this week.

The plant manager says this is a huge milestone.

The plant says this will eventually bring more open jobs to the plant as well.

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