Sumitomo Chemical America Inc. is to begin construction of a $10 million plant in Conyers by early 2004, according to a report released Oct. 29 by Industrial Information Resources Inc., an industrial market research firm based in Houston.

            Sumitomo Chemical is a subsidiary of Sumitomo Chemical Co. Ltd. of Osaka, Japan.

            The Conyers facility is to produce thermoplastic olefin elastomers for use in automotive interiors, the Industrial Information report noted.

            Calls to Sumitomo Chemical’s U.S. office in New York were not returned at press time.

            When contacted by GlobalFax, neither the Georgia Department of Industry, Trade and Tourism nor the ConyersRockdale County Chamber of Commerce was aware of the Sumitomo Chemical announcement.

             Kevin Langston, GDITT spokesperson, added that he could not confirm or deny that Gov. Sonny Perdue, who was in Osaka, last week for a conference and meetings with potential investors in the state, met with Sumitomo representatives during his visit.

The delegation visited Seoul, Korea, for additional meetings and a business conference, Oct. 29-31.

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