A Plastics Expansion for Baytown Continues at TGS Cedar Port
By Kyle Beam, GHPB
The Houston Ship Channel area landscape is changing once again. On October 25, TGS Cedar Port Partners announced the sale of approximately 200 acres to Ravago Americas, a subsidiary of Belgium-based Ravago. Ravago Americas is a global distributor of a wide range of plastic rubber materials from high performance engineered resins to recycled post-industrial and post-consumer materials.
Ravago is using their purchase to build a 1.5 million sq. ft. distribution and manufacturing campus, according to a press release from NAI Partners. Ravago says the campus will be equipped to handle more than two billion pounds of plastic resin annually.
Ravago Americas’ purchase marks the beginning of “Phase 2” in the development of TGS Cedar Port Industrial Park. Phase 2 is an approximately 750 acre tract with road access to Highway 1405 and Highway 99, NAI Partners said in the release. In addition to Ravago Americas, the remaining acreage of the phase has been master planned for future development. Phase 1 is fully contracted for development.
Ravago Americas will have rail service and direct access to Highway 1405, which will enhance the support for their facilities distribution and manufacturing efforts. NAI Partners Ravago Americas’ Cedar Port operation is required because of the increased plastic resin production along the U.S. Gulf Coast.
“Since acquiring TGS Cedar Port Industrial Park back in December of 2014, Cedar Port Partners’ vision has been to create the railroad infrastructure and operations capability to serve the greater Houston market; as well as the nation with a global reach. We are thrilled to have Ravago Americas come to the park, and we have enjoyed their pragmatic approach to support their industry’s expansion constraints. We appreciate the assistance from Chambers County, City of Baytown, Chambers County Improvement District #1, and the community at large in encouraging Ravago to locate at TGS Cedar Port. The local economy will benefit by having local plastic resin logistics alternatives that increase the local tax base and create local jobs from the expansion in resin production,” said William F. “Bill Scott, President of TGS Cedar Port Partners.
Sean Williams, Vice President of Operations for Ravago added, “Ravago is a fully integrated plastics resins company and is responding to our customers and suppliers wishes to increase our footprint in the Greater Houston market. Chambers County and the City of Baytown have been supportive in allowing us the opportunity to develop a premier operation to support the vibrant plastic resins market in the U.S. Gulf Coast. The local labor market in Baytown and the surrounding areas is the highest caliber in the country, and we expect to establish a dynamic workforce to provide the agility that our customers and suppliers require.”
Along with Ravago Americas, Ikea has leased two of the three 500,000-square-foot rail served distribution buildings, according to the Houston Business Journal. Ikea joins existing distribution facilities for Wal Mart and Home Depot.
Ravago Americas purchase increases the reach of the growing plastics market in Baytown. Along with Ravago, the ExxonMobil and ChevronPhillips refineries have been expanding to further enhance their plastics profile to further establish Baytown as a center of plastics along the U.S. Gulf Coast.
- Date November 17, 2016
- Tags November 2016