Hall of Distinction Class of 2002-2003

Alden L. Andre, a Louisiana native from Pointe Coupee Parish, is vice president of Formosa Plastics Corporation. He is a 1961 graduate of Louisiana State University with a B.S. degree in basic sciences. Upon graduation from the university, he served in the U.S. Army as a quartermaster officer. His commission was earned from his studies in LSU ROTC. He served two years on active duty and four years in the Army Reserves achieving the rank of captain.

Upon leaving the army, Andre joined the Baton Rouge Allied Chemical Plant in September of 1963. His first position was laboratory analyst. After only nine months, he was promoted to process chemist in one of the operating units. He rose through the management ranks in various positions until 1978, when the plant was sold to Imperial Chemicals (ICI). His last position with Allied Chemical was superintendent of the Caustic Chlorine Production Unit.

Immediately upon the acquisition by ICI, Andre was promoted to operations manager for the entire facility. Again ICI was sold to Formosa Plastics in 1981. Andre was immediately promoted to the position of plant manager, which he held until 1988. At that time, he was promoted to vice president of operations for Formosa Plastics, USA. He had responsibilities for Formosa Plastics, Baton Rouge; Formosa Plastics, Delaware; and the Operations Office in Formosa Plastics, New Jersey Headquarters.

In 1990, he became the first company vice president of environmental/safety affairs for Formosa Plastics USA. Prior to that time, each local facility had an environmental/safety department, however, without corporate reporting relationship. Andre was given the responsibility to bring the environmental/safety aspects of Formosa’s operations to the highest level possible with all environmental/safety departments across the country reporting to him.

In 1992, the company was reorganized, and because he was a native of Louisiana, he was appointed vice president for new business development in Louisiana. He held this position until 1993; that same year he also became vice president/general manager of the Baton Rouge Plant. During this period of time, he planned for and began construction of a new vinyl chloride and a new PVC plant, which essentially doubled the size of the Baton Rouge Plant. In addition, Andre purchased 1,100 acres of property in the north part of Pointe Coupee Parish. At that site, developed facilities for two sister companies of Formosa Plastics: Nan Ya Plastics facility produces PVC flexible film and the JM Manufacturing facility produces PVC pipe and PVC conduit. As a result, employment in Louisiana was increased form 250 employees to 1,000 employees at the three facilities. In 1988, he went into semi-retirement and is currently vice president for business development, public relations and government relations.

In addition to his professional career, Andre has been very active in community affairs and professional associations. He served in several capacities in the Louisiana Chemical Association, including chairman of the Board of Directors, chairman of the Governmental Affairs Committee, founding chairman of thee Education Committee, chairman of Political Action Committee and founding chairman of LCA Foundation Board. He also was a member of the Chlorine Institute Board of Directors.

He served Louisiana State University as chairman of the College of Engineering Dean’s Advisory Council, co-chair of the Industrial Advisory Council for the Department of Chemical Engineering, and as search committee member for the College of Engineering Dean and the Vice Chancellor for Research and Development. He was a Greater Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce member of the Board of Directors. As a member of Governor Foster’s Workforce Development Commission, he served as chairman of the Louisiana Process Technology Committee and as a member of the Louisiana Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors. He is a member of the Pointe Coupee Parish Economic Development Committee and the Baton Rouge Community College Chancellor’s Roundtable. Andre served the Capital Area United Way as a member of the Board of Directors, Fundraising Campaign chairman 2001, and chairman of the Board of Directors 2003. He also is a member of the American Red Cross Board of Directors, Rotary Club of Baton Rouge and Baton Rouge Center for World Affairs Board of Directors. At Our Lady of the Lake Medical Center, he is a member of the Board of Directors. He was also on the Founding Board of Directors of False River Academy.

In 1960, Andre was married to the former Theresa Pourciau, also of Pointe Coupee Parish. They have two children, Darla and Todd, and one granddaughter, Anya. Andre and his wife have lived in Pointe Coupee Parish since birth, except for two years, when he served in the Army. Their children currently reside in Pointe Coupee Parish as well.