Senator Joni Ernst and Senator Chris Cournoyer Join LyondellBasell Staff for Interactive Conversation and Tour
CLINTON, Iowa- April 9, 2021 – Knowing the value local careers that LyondellBasell brings to Clinton County, Senator Joni Ernst spent time touring the facility as part of her commitment to visit all 99 counties in Iowa.
Workforce development and sustainability efforts were a topic of interest as Senator Ernst and Senator Chris Cournoyer toured the recently upgraded facility, which included the LyondellBasell control room, maintenance shop and testing laboratory.
LyondellBasell spoke to both senators on career pathway opportunities, which include both educational and on-the-job training. LyondellBasell also remains actively engaged with the Clinton Regional Development Corporation, who also participated in the tour and is instrumental in ensuring workforce development needs are being met at the local level.
“LyondellBasell’s plant in Clinton is critical to the local community—offering good paying jobs to folks in the area and boosting the local economy. It was great to visit the newly-upgraded facility today as part of my 99 County Tour for 2021 and to engage with their employees on ways we can continue to grow Iowa’s workforce,” said Senator Ernst.
With food packaging being one end-use product made from polymers manufactured at the LyondellBasell Clinton Complex, the tour centered around how food packaging was critical during the height of the pandemic; keeping food fresh and safe from outside bacteria or contamination.
“Our Clinton Plant plays a vital role in advancing end-use products consumers use every single day around the world,” said Yari Hernandez, site manager. “We are grateful to the senator for taking the time to learn about our operations and contributions to the Clinton area.”
As a senior member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, Senator Ernst has focused on ways to address workforce challenges in Iowa. Last Congress, Senator Ernst chaired a field hearing focusing on some
of the steps employers, schools, and policymakers in Iowa are taking to address workforce challenges, as well as federal policies to help address the skills gap.
The Clinton Complex employs over 400 workers and is one of the largest chemical facilities in Iowa. LyondellBasell was recently recognized on Fortune Magazine Most Admired Companies for the fourth year in a row.
About LyondellBasell’s Clinton Plant
With approximately 400 employees and contractors, and covering an area of almost 239 acres, the Clinton Complex is one of the largest chemical plants in Iowa. Using natural gas liquids as a feedstock, the plant manufactures ethylene, the world’s most widely-used petrochemical, which is then converted into polyethylene plastic resins. These resins are the building blocks for products such as leak-proof and shatter-proof containers for industrial and household chemicals, packaging that protects food from spoilage and contamination, and children’s toys that are safe and durable.
LyondellBasell (NYSE: LYB) is one of the largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies in the world. Driven by its employees around the globe, LyondellBasell produces materials and products that are key to advancing solutions to modern challenges like enhancing food safety through lightweight and flexible packaging, protecting the purity of water supplies through stronger and more versatile pipes, improving the safety, comfort and fuel efficiency of many of the cars and trucks on the road, and ensuring the safe and effective functionality in electronics and appliances. LyondellBasell sells products into more than 100 countries and is the world’s largest producer of polypropylene compounds and the largest licensor of polyolefin technologies. In 2021, LyondellBasell was named to Fortune Magazine’s list of the “World’s Most Admired Companies” for the fourth consecutive year. More information about LyondellBasell can be found at www.lyondellbasell.com.