ExxonMobil Chemical – Baton Rouge Polyolefins Plant
Baton Rouge, LA
The ExxonMobil Chemical Plant in Baton Rouge was founded in 1955 by W. R. Grace & Company. Later acquired by Allied Chemical Corporation, the name was changed to Paxon Polymer Company. More recently, the plant was acquired by ExxonMobil and is currently named ExxonMobil Chemical – Baton Rouge Polyolefins Plant.
Address or general location
12875 Scenic Highway
Baton Rouge, LA 70807
Positioned near the banks of the Mississippi in Baton Rouge, the chemical plant is one among many located along a stretch of the Mississippi sometimes referred to as “cancer alley” due to the large number of pollution-emitting plants located along the 85-mile section of the river between Baton Rouge and New Orleans.
Founded in 1955 by W. R. Grace, it was later acquired by Allied Chemical Corporation (currently known as Honeywell). The plant underwent several name changes over the years, including being named Paxon Polymer Company, L.P., Exxon Chemical Company – Baton Rouge Polyolefins and is currently named ExxonMobil Chemical – Baton Rouge Polyolefins Plant.
Currently, anywhere from 250-300 workers, both fulltime and contract employees, work at the site. The plant produces high density polyethylene (HDPE) and polypropylene (PP) that is sold to customers who use the chemicals for a wide variety of products such as blow-molded milk containers, recyclable food containers, carpet backing and pallets for shipping support.