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County Commissioners Approve Tax Abatement for Celanese Plant

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BISHOP (Kiii News) -

A chemical plant in Bishop is one step closer to bringing more jobs into the Coastal Bend after received a special property tax break.

The Nueces County Commissioners Court approved Wednesday a $2.6 million break for a potential Celanese compounding facility in Bishop. That tax abatement will go into effect Jan. 1, 2014.

If the company's board of directors gives its final approval for the new plant, the new facility would create at least six new jobs with annual salaries of about $45,000, along with a handful of supplemental jobs.

"So the tax abatement, we greatly appreciate the commissioners for working with us, and their willingness to work with the industry helps us grow and potentially get this project here at Bishop," Celanese Site Director Brian Connelly said.

Celanese officials said the expansion of their plant will allow the company to produce better products and a wider variety of plastics. The new facility would be built on 1,500 acres of existing Celanese property in Bishop.

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