Representatives with FiberVisions and parent company Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited planted three maple trees at the Covington plant Thursday. Pictured are D.K. Agarwal, with shovel, Dr. Siri Ganjarerndee, far left, S.P. Lohia and Dr. Stephen Wood. - Staff Photo: Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith
COVINGTON -- Representatives from FiberVisions' parent company in Thailand, Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited, held a tree-planting ceremony at the Covington manufacturing site on Alcovy Road.
The representatives were in town for a global conference held in Atlanta.
Participants included Aloke Lohia, vice chairman and group CEO of Indorama Ventures; Stephen Wood, chairman of the board of FiberVisions; employees; Covington Mayor Ronnie Johnston; Gretchen Corbin, deputy commissioner for global commerce at the Georgia Department of Economic Development; and representatives from the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce.
The officials planted three maple trees in front of the Covington facility. Plant Manager Scott Powell said the trees signify Indorama, which purchased FiberVisions in 2012, putting roots into the community long term. FiberVisions already has deep roots here, as it was one of the first major industries to open in Covington, in 1967, he said.
Indorama Ventures Public Company is the largest global, vertically integrated polyester chain producer in the world, according to a press release issued by the company. Indorama serves many diverse markets, including food, beverages, personal and home care, health care, automotive, textile and industrial. Indorama has a workforce of 9,000 people around the world.
The press release states the trees planted "are a symbol of continuous growth, a sustainable environment and a lasting beauty for all to see."
FiberVisions develops, manufactures and markets polyolefin staple fibers for nonwoven applications. Through its joint venture ES FiberVisions, it is also the world's leading supplier of bicomponent fibers.
FiberVisions supplies products to customers in industries such as hygiene, textiles, automotive and construction. Chairman Wood said a second expansion is in the works for the Covington site, but plans have not been finalized. The expansion could happen around mid-2014, he said.
FiberVisions' main products are PTA, PET, Polyester fibers and yarns and Ethylene Oxide/Glycols, which are distributed across the world.