CLINTON — LyondellBasell's Clinton Complex has had its groundbreaking for a two-year plant project.

LyondellBasell is one of the world’s largest plastic, chemical and refining companies. The plant manufactures ethylene, the world’s most widely used petrochemical. The Clinton site also converts ethylene into polyethylene plastic resins, which serve as building blocks for various products such as leak-proof and shatter-proof containers for industrial and household chemicals, packaging that protects food and children’s toys that are safe and durable.

The plant has a large $50 million project taking place that will be home to a new administration building at the plant.

The new building, being constructed by Quad-City-based Bush Construction Co., is expected to be completed by spring 2018 and will include administrative offices, a control room, laboratory and a maintenance shop.

The structure is a one-story building. The building is multi-functional and will bring many departments together in one location. Office spaces make up a large portion of the building.

The new building replaces multiple different spaces at the site, Senior Public Relations Manager Scott Buchman said. There are no new functions coming to Clinton. It is essentially relocating current departments and the workers into one structure. This is a large investment and is one of a portfolio of capital projects and other improvements at the site.

“The new facility will streamline our operations by having multiple departments in one location,” said LyondellBasell Clinton Site Manager Christopher Cain. “This is another great example of the continued investment by LyondellBasell in Clinton.”

The ground-breaking ceremony took place July 13. It was essentially a private function although Clinton Mayor Mark Vulich, representatives of the Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce and Clinton Regional Development Corp. and contractor leadership were present.

Once progress is made, they will have an official ribbon-cutting ceremony at the LyondellBasell Clinton Complex.

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