CAMANCHE — LyondellBasell expects approximately 1,700 contractors to arrive in the area over the next few months for the business' turnaround during which the company performs maintenance on its facility.
LyondellBasell has a turnaround about every six years, officials said this week. The last turnaround occurred in 2013.
Jeff Saionz, turnaround manager for the Clinton plant, has been at the Clinton plant since January 2017, he said. During the past 2.5 years he has planned for the turnaround which will take place over the next two to three months.
The turnaround is to allow for necessary improvements to the facility, which is a 24 hour a day, 365 day a year operation, Saionz said.
"We run as long as we can," Saionz said. "Every six years we make necessary repairs and install improvements and upgrades."
Saionz said he expects 1,700 to 1,800 contractors at the site over the course of the turnaround. LyondellBasell U.S. North Region Public Relations Lead Megan Borchers said the company often uses retired workers from LyondellBasell to assist with the project.
The turnaround provides multiple benefits to the community every six years Saionz said, citing the economic benefit for the Clinton area from money spent on wages and going towards living expenses and to businesses in the area. LyondellBasell's focus is to stay as local with skilled labor as they can, Saionz said.
"A guiding tenant of the premise we have is to impact the local community as much as we can," Saionz said.
Safety is a top concern for LyondellBasell during the turnaround, Saionz. The company has multiple daily meetings scheduled with safety as the main focus.
Camanche Police Chief Colin Reid said in June that officers from the Clinton Police Department, Camanche Police Department and Clinton County Sheriff's Office would work traffic detail twice a day at 4:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. as shifts change at LyondellBasell. The Iowa State Patrol will not work in an overtime capacity but will have more presence in the area to help enforce traffic laws and keep people safe, Reid said.
LyondellBasell, which began operations in 1968, is one of the largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies in the world, the company said. It has 442 employees and contractors and has seen numerous expansions locally, most recently in the form of a 100 million pounds-per-year increase in 2013.
LyondellBasell's principal products are ethylene and propylene, high and low density polyethylene and plexar tie layer resins, the company said.