DuPont DeLisle to get new mission

DELISLE, MS (WLOX) - DuPont is taking steps to give its DeLisle plant a new purpose. Company leaders say the West Harrison County facility could become a major player in helping the corporation reach its bottom line. That is if a new product line is produced there.

Company leaders say reports that the plant is up for sale are not true.

"As far as the spin-off from the sale, I haven't heard. We're just waiting to hear from our superiors of what's really going on. We were told not to believe any rumors," said DuPont contractor worker Laura Ost.

Ost has been a technician at DuPont DeLisle for 15 years. She says since the spin-off venture first surfaced, she and the rest of the plant's workers have been on the edge of their seats. Ost says she's not concerned about the change.

DuPont DeLisle is one of the world's largest producers of titanium dioxide, a pigment used to color plastic products. A spin-off would replace that line. Exactly what product will take its place hasn't been announced, but it's the unknown that has the 900 plus workers here in suspense.

"I'm pretty sure it won't operate the same," said contract worker Gary Dorsey.

A spin-off would guarantee that. Company leaders say giving the DeLisle plant a new purpose could position the facility to play an even more vital role in the corporation's future.

Officials say the spin-off is proceeding as planned and is still targeted for the middle of next year.

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