A petrochemical company claims a local contractor did shoddy work at its plant and cost the company more than $190,000 when several exhaust stacks toppled over.

ISP Synthetic Elastomers hired Southeast Texas Industrial Services to extend four drier exhaust stacks at its Port Neches facility, according to the complaint filed Jan. 20 in Jefferson County District Court.

"This work also required the stacks to be secured properly through the use of guy wires and turnbuckles," the suit states. "The Defendant failed to secure the stacks properly and, as a result, the stacks were knocked down by winds well below what the system of guy wires and turnbuckles were designed to endure."

The stacks sustained damage of about $192,000, ISP alleges.

ISP is seeking actual damages, plus pre- and post-judgment interest, costs, attorneys' fees and other relief to which it may be entitled.

Raymond A. Neuer of Sheehy, Serpe and Ware in Houston will be representing the plaintiff.

The case has been assigned to Judge Milton Shuffield of the 136th District Court.

Case No. D183-077

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