Our History

Our History

Overview

Westlake Chemical was founded in 1986 by T. T. Chao, a pioneer in the global petrochemical industry, with the acquisition of a polyethylene plant in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Building on three decades of prior experience in Asia, the company embarked on a mission of consistent growth through further acquisition, expansion of existing facilities and new construction. Following are some of the highlights of this exciting journey. 


2016

  • Westlake Chemical celebrates its 30th anniversary worldwide
  • Westlake Chemical acquires Axiall Corporation

2015

  • Acquired additional interest in Suzhou Huasu Plastics Company
  • Westlake named a "Forbes Top 100 Most Trustworthy Companies in America"

2014

  • Dedicates Geismar, LA Cholar-Alkali Plant
  • Establishes Westlake Chemical Partners
  • Acquired Vinnolit Holdings GmbH
  • Announces Lake Charles Petro 1 Ethylene Expansion
  • Completes Calvert City Expansions

2013

  • Acquired CertainTeed's PVC Pipe, Fittings & Foundations business
  • Started-up Geismar, LA Chlor-Alkali Plant

2010

  • Acquired 50% ownership of Cypress Pipeline
  • Commenced construction of a new chlor-alkali plant in Geismar, LA

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