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SABIC looks at Selkirk as a consolidation point

When asked how many jobs would come with the polymer laboratory, Levielle responded, "If you want to put a number on it at least 50 is a good starting point."

SABIC currently employs nearly 500 workers at the Selkirk plant near Feura Bush.

In addition to paying local property taxes, Levielle pointed out the number of workers at the plant who buy from local stores in town during their daily commutes and even some who live and pay taxes in Bethlehem.

With the Vista Tech Park breaking ground in the spring and plenty of warehouse space near the SABIC plant in the industrial zone, Levielle said he hopes other will follow suit.

"We're really trying to ramp up the community as a key location to businesses being so close to the CSX rail yards and the state Thruway," he said.

SABIC Innovative Plastics manufactures thermoplastics and resins to be used for the manufacturing of goods of nearly any product that is made of plastic.

The Selkirk plant mainly produces Noryl resins, an alloy of polyphenylene oxide and polystyrene.

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