WNY: Corian capital of the world

January 6, 2014 Updated Jan 6, 2014 at 2:45 PM EDT

By Elizabeth Carey

January 6, 2014 Updated Jan 6, 2014 at 2:45 PM EDT

"Over 80% of the Corian made in the world today is made here at this site," said Rolf Weberg. And that's something the 600 workers at the DuPont Yerkes plant in Tonawanda take pride in.

Weberg is the global R&D manager at the plant. He says the local workforce is one of the best in the business, "A lot of our best ideas come from the people that actually run the plant so we reach out to them often."

Corian was developed as a counter top material 50 years ago and has evolved into an engineered one today. The workers are taking new ideas for Corian to market very quickly with many uses in both commercial and residential applications in all sorts of industries.

DuPont recently moved production of its private collection from South Korea to Tonawanda. The plant makes Corian in 200 colors. It can be molded to any shape, but it's true flexibility is just being realized with designers who are regulars at the local DuPont site. Weberg says they come in to learn about Corian and they leave wanting to work with the local facility. "When you're working with the design community, the possibilities are endless," he said.

The local plant is even going green. Leftover scraps are used as a mulch in landscaping in Tonawanda.