Mission: We leverage our people, assets, and market position to responsibly and reliably deliver unique and sustainable solutions that allow us to grow profitably with our customers and deliver attractive returns for our shareholders.
Headquartered in Houston, Texas, TPC Group is a leader in providing highly specialized lines of chemical products to major chemical and petroleum-based companies worldwide.
As North America’s largest producer of finished butadiene and the largest producer of butene-1, companies around the globe rely on us as their dependable supplier for hydrocarbon processing and other specialty chemicals. We are the sole producer of chemical grade diisobutylene in North America and the second largest active merchant producer of high purity isobutylene in North America. Our products are sold to a wide range of performance, specialty and intermediate markets, including synthetic rubber, fuel additives, plastics and surfactants. Put simply, we make the products that go into making the world’s tires, carpets, gasoline additives and many other essential items used in our daily lives.
TPC Group operates manufacturing facilities in the industrial corridor adjacent to the Houston Ship Channel, the heart of the world’s largest chemical processing center. In addition, we operate facilities in Port Neches and Baytown, Texas, as well as a product terminal in Lake Charles, Louisiana.
We will always serve the communities where we operate by creating value through environmental stewardship, social responsibility, and economic prosperity. These commitments are an integral part of our drive for sustainability because they help our employees achieve, our customers succeed, our shareholders prosper, and our communities thrive; they support everything that creates a livable and sustainable world.
TPC Group, Inc. provides an Ethics Response Line which operates twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week and is accessible online or by telephone from anywhere across the globe. The Ethics Response line ensures anonymous and confidential reporting of violations.
Our roots go back to 1943 when the U.S. Government, under the Rubber Reserve program, built a synthetic rubber industry. Through growth, expansion and numerous transformations over the years, TPC Group has become the global industry leader it is today.
1943 – Under the Rubber Reserve, the U.S. Government builds the original TPC Group plant.
1955 – FMC and Tenneco buy the original butadiene plant and operate it with butylenes as a feedstock.
1965 – The original butylene dehydrogenation unit is converted to a Texas Petrochemicals developed Oxo-D process, resulting in significant savings in raw material and energy.
1970 – A $45 MM neoprene plant is installed with butadiene and chlorine as raw materials.
1977 – Tenneco buys out FMC, and Texas Petro-Tex becomes a wholly-owned Tenneco subsidiary. Petro-Tex becomes number one in butene-1 and MTBE, as well as diisobutylene and isobutylene.
1984 – Texas Petrochemicals purchases the Houston butadiene and specialty chemical manufacturing facilities owned by Petro-Tex Chemical Company, a subsidiary of Tenneco, Inc.
1996 – After many successful years of growth and safe operations, the Company’s employees, management and a group of investors acquire the company.
2000 – Introduction of Polyisobutylene (PIB) Business Line to Texas Petrochemicals' portfolio of products.
2004 – Under new ownership, Texas Petrochemicals moves forward to diversify its product line to become the world’s best-known processor and supplier for high-quality C4 chemical products and derivatives.
2006 – Texas Petrochemicals continues its growth with the first acquisition in its history, the purchase of its Port Neches C4 olefins operation, in June 2006. The acquisition nearly doubles its employee base and butadiene production capacity.
2007 – Texas Petrochemicals expands its operations with a world-scale propylene derivatives plant in Baytown, Texas that produces nonene and propylene tetramer.
2010 – Reflecting the continued growth and global presence, the Company changes its name to TPC Group.
To be an undisputed market leader in C4 and selected C3 value chain products that deliver creative solutions for our business partners derived from best-in-class operations.
We leverage our people, assets and market position to responsibly and reliably deliver unique and sustainable solutions that allow us to grow profitably with our customers and deliver attractive returns for our shareholders.To be an undisputed market leader in C4 and selected C3 value chain products that deliver creative solutions for our business partners derived from best-in-class operations.
I have been working at TPC Group (More than a year)
Employees are quickly empowered and trusted to "own" their role. Suggestions are encouraged and the culture supports continuous improvement and change. Everyone, including leadership, is friendly, accessible, and down to earth. Successes are recognized. Values are important.
Less sophisticated in processes, procedures, and systems. Employees must be comfortable with ambiguity. Not a lot of management positions.
Advice to Management
Maintain the culture / feel while growing the company. It is the number one reason to work here.
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at TPC Group (Houston, TX) in February 2012.
I initially did a phone interview with an HR-rep and the VP of Purchasing. Both seemed friendly at the time and quite determined to flll the position. However, when I showed up for the actual face to face interview, I was interviewed by four people, and the interview was more like elementary and interrogating in nature. I could tell that they were looking for someone who could do grunge work, clean up messes and make them look good at the end of the day. I found this organization to be very weak in nature and searching for some Pie in the Sky stuff that not even the folks in the interview was capable of. I would suggest that anyone looking at this company, keep looking, not worth the interview or agony of having to sit through it.
Reasons for Declining
The oranization seemed to be one that wasn't really sure of itself, and the managers seemed a little sketchy at best. I remember in the iterview process, seemed like they were holding back some improtant details about the job, or their answers to certain questions were "guarded". I just didn't feel comfortable with this company.
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