Local 13-620 BASF Workers at Geismar Plant Help Fight COVID-19

Lanny Cambre Jr., a 28-year Local 13-620 member and steward at the BASF flagship plant in Geismar, La., said he’s proud that his local is doing its part to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Cambre is a control room operator in the surfactants unit. These chemicals are used in many cleaning products such as soaps and detergents, and have a wide range of uses. His unit makes PE20 that goes into making hand sanitizers and soap.

“During COVID-19, we have had a lot more demand for hand soap,” he said.

The site is a big chemical supplier to Clorox and Lysol.

“Clorox made sure we had the supplies we needed at work because we supply the company with chemicals,” he said.

The site also makes a chemical labeled F127NF that goes into the production of Listerine, and makes a chemical product, P188bio, for Roche Pharmaceuticals that uses it to produce a drug to treat people with pneumonia.

Cambre said that knowing the work he does impacts the fight against COVID-19 makes his job a little more rewarding.

“You feel better about going to work since these products are helping people,” he said.

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