published Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Business Briefs: Sequoyah Nuclear Plant trailer court wins zoning

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    Sequoyah Nuclear Plant is located near Soddy-Daisy.
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Trailer court wins zoning

Chattanooga planners Monday approved a proposal to redevelop a site into a trailer court for people working during maintenance outages at Sequoyah Nuclear Plant.

The Chattanooga-Hamilton County Regional Planning Commission gave approval to a zoning change on the 2500 block of Igou Ferry Road near the plant. Property owner Bobby Keyes said the first phase of the trailer court would cost about $100,000 to develop. He said about 1,200 to 2,000 people come in and do maintenance to the plant about every 18 months.

Ted Cox, a certified financial analyst for Rochdale Investment Management, will offer "A Guide to the Markets -- After the Presidential Election" to the Chattanooga branch of the British American Business Group tonight.

British group meets tonight at Walden Club

The British-focused business group meets at 5 p.m. at the Walden Club.

The meeting includes appetizers, an introductory meet-and-greet session and a presentation with questions and answers. If you plan to attend, contact Terry Olsen at

BASF to build plant in Texas

The German-based chemical giant BASF, which currently operates emulsion polymer plants in Chattanooga, Pennsylvania and Mexico, announced plans Monday to build another such plant in Freeport, Texas. The new plant will employ about 25 workers and is expected to begin production in mid-2014.

"This new plant strengthens our position as a leading supplier of emulsions in North America and demonstrates our commitment to customers in the coatings, construction, adhesives and paper industries," said Derek Fairclough, senior vice president of dispersions and pigments for BASF in North America.

In addition to the Texas plant, BASF also is building manufacturing facilities for emulsion polymers in India. The company also opened new plants this month in China and in South Africa in September.

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