Chemical health hazard listing could force South Elgin company to move overseas or close down
A local company says that a recent government decision listing styrene as a potential health threat is itself a threat to the manufacturer’s continuing operation.
Tom Wienckowski’s company, Marble Works, uses the chemical styrene to create its cultured marble and granite countertops.
A recent decision by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ National Toxicology Program to place that chemical on a list labeling styrene as “reasonably anticipated to be a carcinogen” has him worried that his company would be forced to close, or that manufacturing would go overseas.
Representatives from the Arlington Heights-based Composites One, Carpentersville’s PCCR USA, the American Composite Manufacturers Association, and Wienckowski met Wednesday with U.S. Rep. Don Manzullo, R-16th District. All the company representatives work with or sell styrene and said adding the compound to that list could seriously impact their ability to continue manufacturing in the U.S.