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Invista in Orange announces reduction in force of 75 or more

INVISTA is restructuring its Orange, Texas, site so it can more rapidly respond to the ever-changing global marketplace that it serves. 

This action will result in the reorganization of some work groups; role changes for some employees; and the shutdown of the site’s adipic acid manufacturing unit.


Regrettably, these restructuring efforts will result in a reduction in the INVISTA Orange workforce of 75 or more employees. INVISTA will notify employees whose jobs will be impacted by the shutdown and other restructuring activities occurring at the site. In compliance with WARN, impacted employees will receive 60 days notice.


The Orange adipic acid unit is one of three primary production units onsite and has supplied both local and global markets with a key ingredient for materials such as nylon 6,6 polymer, nylon 6,6 fiber, and other specialty applications. 

The decision to shut down the adipic acid unit was driven by lower adipic acid demand in North America and increased supply in the global adipic acid market.


"The employees at Orange have worked tirelessly to safely provide efficient and reliable products that support our global business," said Doug Speers, INVISTA Orange site manager. "Unfortunately, given the shifts we are seeing in regional demand and global supply, this unit is no longer competitive."


INVISTA is committed to treating every employee with dignity and respect. Individuals whose roles are eliminated will be provided career assistance and may qualify for a severance package to assist with transitioning to other opportunities outside INVISTA. 


"During this transition, our top priority remains to protect the health and safety of our employees, contractors, the community and the environment," said Doug Speers, INVISTA Orange site manager. 

"Even in light of difficult market conditions and the decision to cease adipic acid production at Orange, INVISTA has a strong foundation and remains firmly committed to the global nylon 6,6 market and to the Orange facility."


The Orange site currently has more than 600 employees and contractors and is considered one of INVISTA's key, nylon manufacturing assets. It is a significant global supplier of nylon 6,6 intermediate chemicals, including adiponitrile (ADN) and hexamethylenediamine (HMD).


With leading brands including LYCRA®, COOLMAX®, CORDURA®, STAINMASTER® and ANTRON®, INVISTA is one of the world’s largest integrated producers of chemical intermediates, polymers and fibers. 

The company’s advantaged technologies for nylon, spandex and polyester are used to produce clothing, carpet, car parts and countless other everyday products. Headquartered in the United States, INVISTA operates in more than 20 countries and has about 10,000 employees. 

Report: Shark bites teen on foot off Galveston coastline

GALVESTON - A 13-year-old boy is recovering after a shark bit him on the foot off the Galveston coastline Monday morning, according to KTRK-TV in Houston.

The station is reporting that the Galveston Beach Patrol says the boy and his brother were walking near the water this morning when they waded into a school of fish. When the boys headed back to shore the teen was bitten on the foot.

The boys said the shark was up to 5 feet in length.

The injured boy is expected to be okay.

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Last day to register to vote for the November 3 election

SOUTHEAST TEXAS - Monday is the final day to register to vote for the November 3 election.

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Traffic alert: TxDOT work will affect drivers

BEAUMONT – The right, eastbound lane of IH 10 at Major Drive will be closed tomorrow, Oct. 6, 9am-3:30pm to replace traffic control devices.

ORANGE – Expect lane closures along IH 10 eastbound from Adams Bayou to the state line tomorrow and Wednesday night, Oct. 6-7, 7pm-6am to replace concrete traffic barrier.   

***All closures are weather permitting

Road conditions and traffic updates available on and 

For more information, contact or (409) 898-5745

Coast Guard believes cargo ship sank when caught in hurricane

JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA (AP) -  The latest on the search for a U.S. cargo ship carrying 33 people that has been missing since it encountered high winds and heavy seas from Hurricane Joaquin. All times local:

9:40 a.m.

The Coast Guard says a ship that went missing during a hurricane off the Bahamas sank, but the search continues for the 33 people on board.

Chief Petty Officer Jon-Paul Rios says the Coast Guard and the ship's owner concluded Monday that the 790-foot container ship El Faro sank after encountering Hurricane Joaquin's high winds and heavy seas last week.

Rios says Coast Guard cutters and aircraft and a U.S. Navy plane continued searching the Atlantic Ocean for the missing crew. The ship's owners say it carried more than enough lifeboats and rafts for the crew.

Earlier, a container, pieces of another container and a life ring from the El Faro was recovered. An oil sheen also was spotted.


8:30 a.m.

The Coast Guard is beginning its fifth day of searching near the Bahamas for a U.S. cargo ship carrying 33 people missing since it encountered Hurricane Joaquin.

Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Bobby Nash said Monday that two cutters continued searching overnight for the 790-foot El Faro, and a C-130 aircraft was launched at dawn. Nash said a third cutter was on its way.

Searchers have found debris and clues but no definitive word on the fate of the vessel or those on board.

The vessel's owner said a container that appears to have come from the ship was found and a debris field was found that included what appeared to be pieces of container. Searchers also spotted an oil sheen and found a life ring from the El Faro.

Teen injured in collision that kills horse

JASPER COUNTY - By Steve W Stewart/KJAS and Rayburn Broadcasting Company

A local teenager was seriously injured and the horse that he was riding died instantly when the horse and rider were struck by a vehicle just northwest of Jasper on Sunday evening. The accident occurred shortly before 8:00 on Farm to Market Road 2800 between Jasper and the Westlake Community.

Witnesses said the horse and rider were either on the edge of the highway or very close to it when they were struck by a westbound late model Chevrolet pickup truck.

Jasper County Deputy Lawson Dry said the rider, who was believed to be in his mid to late teens, had severe lacerations and other injuries, and he was rushed by ambulance to Christus Jasper Memorial Hospital for treatment.

The teen was later identified by family members as Tyran Lewis.

Dry identified the driver of the truck as 18-year-old Ty Alston Murray of Jasper.

Dry said Murray told him that after the impact he lost all power in the truck, including the brakes, and was unable to stop it, so it continued rolling about a quarter-mile down the highway.

The accident remains under investigation by the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Jasper Sheriff's office loses phone service after accident

JASPER ( and Rayburn Broadcasting Company) -- All telephone lines were out at the Jasper County Sheriff's Department after a dump truck clipped a phone line early Monday morning. Meanwhile, Jasper County 911 dispatchers urged citizens to call the Jasper Police Department if they have an emergency, that number is 384-3471.

Someone with an emergency could also dial "0" and tell the operator that they have an emergency, and ask the operator to connect them to the Jasper, Texas Police Department.

The incident occurred at about 7:30 near the intersection of Milam and Hemphill Streets in front of Matthews Construction Company. A dump truck was leaving the company parking lot, and apparently the driver didn't realize that the dump-bed was raised.

The dump-bed struck the line, which also partially knocked down a pole.

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