AUSTIN, TX-The chemical research team of Sasol North America will betransferred to Lake Charles, LA, leaving for sale one of the best-designedresearch laboratories available in the country.The 40-acre campus in is in the hills of northwest Austin, not farfrom Lake Austin and Lake Travis. The facility houses 33 labs and a processdevelopment laboratory.

Jerry Heare with NAI Commercial Industrial Properties Company is themarketing agent for the facility.The facility was completed in 1989 when Vista Chemical, spun off from theConoco-DuPont merger in 1984, relocated its R&D labs from Ponca City, OK.Vista placed the labs in Austin to take advantage of the research programsat University of Texas-Austin, as well as the graduate student hiringpossibilities.

“It’s disappointing for Austin to lose the presence of Sasol North America,” said Austin Chamber of Commercepresident Michael Rollins.”However, Sasol leaves behind a high-quality campus suitedfor biotech and pharmaceutical companies looking to take advantage ofAustin’s highly skilled workforce.”

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