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Jindal Trip to Asia Coming to an End

Governor Bobby Jindal's trip to Asia is coming to an end.
Gov. Jindal is joined by representatives of LED and Shin-Etsu, including Dr. Chihiro Kanagawa, Chairman of Shin-Etsu (seated on the Governor’s left side) (Kyle Plotkin)
Gov. Jindal is joined by representatives of LED and Shin-Etsu, including Dr. Chihiro Kanagawa, Chairman of Shin-Etsu (seated on the Governor’s left side) (Kyle Plotkin)
 Gov. Jindal is joined by representatives of LED and Sumitomo, including Senior Managing Executive Officer Yasuyuki Abe (on the Governor’s right side) (Kyle Plotkin)
Gov. Jindal is joined by representatives of LED and Sumitomo, including Senior Managing Executive Officer Yasuyuki Abe (on the Governor’s right side) (Kyle Plotkin)
Gov. Jindal is joined by Sumitomo Senior Managing Executive Officer Toru Furihata (Kyle Plotkin)
Gov. Jindal is joined by Sumitomo Senior Managing Executive Officer Toru Furihata (Kyle Plotkin)
Japan  -- Governor Bobby Jindal's trip to Asia is coming to an end.

On Friday in Tokyo, Japan, Governor Jindal met with four companies, including executives of Shin-Etsu and Sumitomo Corporation.

The Shin-Etsu meeting included Dr. Chihiro Kanagawa, Chairman of Shin-Etsu and Chairman and Founder of Shintech, a Shin-Etsu subsidiary. Shin-Etsu already has invested approximately $3 billion in its Louisiana facilities, including operations of two of its subsidiaries, Shintech and SE Tylose.

In 2012, Governor Jindal and SE Tylose executives announced the company would invest $120 million to build a hydroxyethyl cellulose, or HEC, plant at Shintech Louisiana’s Plaquemine site.

During Governor Jindal’s visit with Shin-Etsu executives, they shared that their HEC facility is expected to begin operations later this year. Shintech also is in the process of investing $500 million to expand PVC production in Louisiana.

Governor Jindal also met with executives of Sumitomo Corporation, a large, diversified, global company with extensive interests in the energy and chemicals industries, among others.

Sumitomo recently purchased the Baton Rouge-based Edgen Group, a distributor of specialized steel products and tubular goods.

With executives of both companies, Governor Jindal discussed how the state can support their current operations, as well as potential future growth investments, in Louisiana.

Jindal is set to return to Louisiana on Saturday. 

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