BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A local producer of rubber for tires is shutting down operations after more than 70 years of operating in Baton Rouge, according to the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC).
East West Copolymer, on Scenic Highway, opened in 1943. In 1948, according to the company website, the facility became the first cold polymerization plant in North America. The company produced rubber used in making tires.
The LWC says a company representative contacted them last month for written materials to give their employees and most of the workers were laid off on March 31. However, a maintenance crew will be on site for several more weeks to "shut down company operations," an LWC spokesman said.
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