KBRwyle celebrates opening of new offices

December 1st, 2016

KBR President and CEO Stuart Bradie addresses the crowd as KBRwyle employees celebrate their move to their new quarters at 2400 NASA Parkway. With him are Congressman Brian Babin, left, chairman of the House Subcommittee on Space, and Dr. Vernon McDonald, president of KBRwyle’s Science, Technology & Engineering Group. Photo by Mary Alys Cherry

KBR President and CEO Stuart Bradie addresses the crowd as KBRwyle employees celebrate their move to their new quarters at 2400 NASA Parkway. With him are Congressman Brian Babin, left, chairman of the House Subcommittee on Space, and Dr. Vernon McDonald, president of KBRwyle’s Science, Technology & Engineering Group. Photo by Mary Alys Cherry

KBR, Inc. celebrated the official opening of the Houston offices of its KBRwyle subsidiary and the launch of the KBRwyle brand Oct. 25 at its office across from NASA’s Johnson Space Center.

The office, located at 2400 NASA Parkway, is the base of operations for KBRwyle’s work with NASA including the approximately 900 KBRwyle employees operating in and around the Johnson Space Center.

KBRwyle is the brand under which KBR’s U.S. Government Services business now operates and includes recent acquisitions Wyle, Inc. and heritage Honeywell Technical Solutions, Inc. KBRwyle provides capabilities that span the full spectrum of the life-cycle of defense, space, aviation and government programs.

U.S. Congressman Brian Babin, chairman of the House Subcommittee on Space, who also represents the congressional district in which the KBRwyle office is located, as well as many of employees working there, was on hand to present an official congressional certificate of recognition congratulating KBRwyle.

“This is a very pivotal moment in KBR’s history,” KBR President and CEO Stuart Bradie said.  “Today represents an intersection of three Houston institutions with strong Houston lineages – KBR, the heritage Wyle, Inc. and NASA.”

“KBRwyle takes us into a new theater of providing high-end technical and differentiated services.  It’s an exciting time for KBR and we are pleased to be here today to celebrate this office and KBRwyle,” Bradie continued.

Kuraray America named one of the ‘Best and Brightest Companies to Work For’ in Houston area

May 5th, 2016

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Executives with Kuraray America, Inc. have announced that the company has been recognized for the fourth consecutive year by the National Association for Business Resources as one of “Houston’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For.”

Every year, NABR recognizes companies who successfully hire and retain qualified employees, demonstrating leadership in employment standards.

“We are honored and humbled to once again receive this award. This recognition is all about our staff and their commitment to Kuraray,” said Director of Human Resources Tom Tonan. “Kuraray continues to be an innovative company because of our amazing team that paves the way for our customers and industry.”

With more than 10 years of experience, the Best and Brightest Companies to Work For competition identifies and honors companies that deliver exceptional human resource practices and an impressive commitment to its employees. Organizations are assessed based on communication, work-life balance, employee education, diversity, recognition and retention.

Headquartered in Bayport in the southeast Houston area, KAI has over 400 local employees as well as over 700 employees nationwide. With four plants in the Houston area, KAI is a global leader in specialty chemical, fiber and resin production, leading the industry in specialty dental, fiber and elastomer products. For more information on KAI, visit www.kuraray.us.com

About Kuraray
Founded in 1926, Japan-based Kuraray is a world leader in performance-based polymer and synthetic chemistry technologies, including resins, chemical, fibers and textiles. It was the first entity in the world to bring polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH) synthetic fiber to market. The company operates 19 subsidiaries around the world, including Kuraray America, Inc., which is headquartered in Houston. The U.S. division is focused on becoming an integrated supplier with complete portfolio of coatings and compounds for the food, glass, packaging and oil & gas sectors. For more information, visit www.kuraray.co.jp/en.

Kuraray America celebrates opening of new plant in Pasadena

April 28th, 2016

6-1XKurarayXatXBayportKuraray America, Inc., a global leader in specialty chemical, fiber and resin production, is celebrating the grand opening of its new, $300 million, 81-acre, green-field Kuraray Poval plant in Pasadena.

The opening of this plant further distinguishes Kuraray Co., Ltd. as the largest producer of polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH) in the world.

“Today is an exciting opportunity for Kuraray America, Inc., as we continue to increase our footprint within the Bayport area. Adding the Kuraray Poval™ site to our portfolio will only ensure continued growth for our company and provide our customers with the ability to purchase product from a truly global scale,” said Bob Chvala, vice president and general manager of the PVOH Business Unit for Kuraray America, Inc.

The new plant will produce 40,000 metric tons of PVOH annually and employ a total workforce of nearly 100 employees (54 Kuraray employees and 40 contract personnel). Kuraray America, Inc. employs over 400 people in the Houston area, with 3 additional plant sites and the Americas headquarters located in the region. Kuraaray Poval is used in a wide range of industries, including paper, textile, emulsion, PVC, construction, adhesives, and films.

“With the opening of our new Kuraaray Poval plant today, we are providing additional, needed supply to our customers around the world,” said George Avdey, president and CEO of Kuraray America, Inc. “Thanks to the hard work and dedication to safety of our Kuraray employees in opening this plant, we can offer product from around the world, further enhancing our global resources and supply.”

6-1XKurarayXopeningKuraray America’s grand opening festivities were infused with Japanese customs, including a samurai sword ribbon cutting, Daruma painting of the eye and a Kagamiwari (sake barrel) ceremony.

Executives from Kuraray Co., Ltd.’s Japanese headquarters, including President and CEO Masaaki Ito, participated in the ceremonies.

Production of PVOH has already started at the new plant. PVOH is a unique, functional resin that Kuraray first industrialized in the 1950s. Kuraaray Poval has a variety of characteristics such as superior adhesive strength, film formation, emulsifying properties and oil-resistant abilities. The polymer’s water solubility is its most distinct characteristic, along with its ecological advantage of being biodegradable. The physical and chemical properties of Kuraray Poval make it ideal for a wide variety of applications, including adhesives, paper, ceramics and films.

About KURARAY POVALKuraray America, Inc. is a globally recognized specialty chemical company that creates quality, sustainable solutions that strengthen products from a diverse range of industries.

Kuraray America, Inc. develops products that transform the ordinary — pulp to paper, glue to glass. From films that make glass safer to coatings that make paper stronger, resins are used in diverse applications across industries. Known for its commitment to making quality solutions, Kuraray America, Inc. focuses on improving the community and the environment and developing market-leading research to drive innovation. For more information about Kuraray Poval visit www.kuraray-poval.com