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BASF and Brazosport College
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
BASF celebrates partnership with Brazosport College
FREEPORT, TX – BASF and Brazosport College representatives today participated in the groundbreaking ceremony for the BASF Center for Process Technology to be built at Brazosport College. BASF worked closely with Brazosport College to design the new facility, which is slated as the first project of the college’s growth initiative and master plan. Construction of the facility is expected to be completed by late summer 2009.
In January, BASF announced a $1 million contribution to the Brazosport College Foundation to construct the new process technology center as part of the school’s planned Science Technology Corridor on its campus in Lake Jackson, Texas.
The BASF Center for Process Technology will include new analytical labs and classrooms for curriculum supporting the petrochemical, energy and nuclear industries. The fields of study will include process technology, nuclear power technology, safety and environmental technology and emerging energy specialties.
“The BASF Freeport site is celebrating its 50th year of manufacturing excellence this year,” said Art Colwell, Vice President and General Manager of BASF’s Freeport site. “We are proud to recognize this milestone by adding our support to this new Science Technology Corridor.”
“For 50 years, BASF has invested in this community because we believe in it,” continued Colwell. “BASF’s $1 million contribution to the Brazosport College Foundation helps commemorate those past 50 years and strengthens the foundation for our future.”
“With this generous gift, BASF is making an important commitment to the economic development of this community in terms of workforce development opportunities,” said Dr. Millicent Valek, President of Brazosport College. “We are very pleased to have this partnership with BASF to construct the new Center for Process Technology on our campus.”
In addition to the new center, the Science Technology Corridor will include a health professions and science technology complex that will house labs, classrooms and department offices for the college’s health professions programs.
BASF’s Freeport site employs 650 employees and 275 contractors. Chemicals produced at the site are used in a wide range of product applications including adhesives, paints and coatings, superabsorbents, nylon and plastics.
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