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DuPont Belle

DuPont Belle: Team approach to chemical productivity and safety

Employs approximately 425 DuPont employees and 160 contract employees in the Belle manufacturing plant
Produces two dozen products, including dimethyl sulfate for dyes, perfumes and fabric softeners; the propellant dimethyl ether; methyl amines used in detergents, explosives, pharmaceuticals and solvents; glycolic acid for cosmetics; a gamut of crop-protection intermediate chemicals; and plastics components
Received the DuPont Board of Director's Award for Excellence in Safety 30 times
Earned the distinction of being the Safest Plant in the World in 1999
Laboratory is both ISO certified and certified by the State Division of Environmental Protection

DuPont Belle employs more than 580 people at its chemical plant in Belle, W. Va. The manufacturing area occupies a 105-acre plot nearly a mile long. DuPont set aside 490 undeveloped acres as a Wildlife Habitat Area.

The Belle site has two river docks for shipping, rail service and five major trucking terminals located within 20 miles of the site. The plant is within a few miles of Interstates 64, 79 and 77.

“With West Virginia’s access to rail, river and road, we can transport our raw materials in and our products out easily and efficiently,” said plant manager Bill Menke.

Its chemical product line puts the DuPont Belle operation in competition with foreign as well as U.S. manufacturers. The facility’s empowered work force and team-based approach provides the flexibility they need to adapt to changing conditions in a globally competitive marketplace. Said Menke, “Our team-based approach provides a good environment that encourages people to contribute. Our work teams routinely come up with ideas to improve operations and lower costs without sacrificing safety.”

Keeping that competitive edge is made easier with West Virginia’s reasonable electrical power rates, productive work ethic, and responsive governmental agencies, he said. “Perhaps because West Virginia is a small state, government officials are accessible. We can arrange a forum for communications. They will talk to you and work with you to meet your needs.”