From its lush green surroundings to the friendly Texas welcome by its 1,100 employees and 750 nested contractors, entering Covestro’s largest North American manufacturing site is like walking into a friend’s home.
Located 25 miles east of Houston, also known as the “Energy Capital of the World,” the site boasts 1,700 acres with a greenbelt of more than 1,100 acres strategically located along Cedar Bayou and the ship channel.
The friendly atmosphere, comradery and teamwork of its workforce, extend to the site’s commitment to enhance the community where employees live and work. Through employee volunteerism, the company has continued its support of community improvement initiatives since the first units were built in 1971.
In a city rich with industrial history, with a number of petrochemical and refining facilities as neighbors, the site’s roots in industry extend back to well before groundbreaking began.
This thriving industrial landmark sits on top of what used to be a huge rice field, which later became the subject of oil exploration after a strike was made at nearby Tabbs Bay in 1908.
Construction on the current facility began in 1970. Between 1996 and 2001, it doubled its manufacturing capacity with what was then the company’s largest-ever capital expansion of $1.4 billion. Additional investments were made to improve energy efficiencies, minimize waste and reduce natural resource utilization, including a project saving 800,000 tons per year of greenhouse gases.
Rich in sustainability
While the industrial park hasn’t seen any oil seekers lately, it does attract a diverse array of wildlife. Egrets, pelicans and an occasional big blue heron can be spotted along the bayou that wraps around the northwest boundary of Covestro’s property.
Ever with its eye on the environment around it, the company has designated part of its land as greenbelt, offering grazing leases to local farmers.
With a strong belief in fostering growth in the community, employees support non-profit organizations beyond financial contributions offering leadership, support and expertise in volunteerism to those in need.
The Baytown “family feel” inside the fenceline extends outside the gates into the community. When family is hurt or in need, Baytown answers the call – for its employees, for the environment, for the community and for our future.