76-year-old structure comes tumbling down

by Brandon Richards bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC-TV) – On Satuday morning LyondellBasell Industries imploded a 320 –foot tall concrete flue stack at its former manufacturing facility along I-10 near Westlake.

The implosion of the 76-year-old stack clears the site for new economic development.

"LyondellBasell has no future plans for this property, but because of its prime location along Interstate 10, the property has great potential for economic development for the region," said Larry Maynard, site manager for the Lake Charles plant.

It took only a matter of seconds to topple the stack, which when it was constructed in the 1930s was considered part of one of the most modern manufacturing facilities in the world.

For Henry Singleton, a retired plant worker, who spent much of his 29 year career working in or around the flue stack, Saturday's demolition was bittersweet.

"I'm going to miss it, really miss it," said Singleton.

Singleton said the part he'll miss the most was the team work his co-workers practiced day in and day out.

Singleton was presented with a brick from the structure as a memento to remember the flue stack.

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