Three Generations of Celanese in Mexico

My name is Salvador Sanchez Valerio. I was born on January 20, 1950 in Ocotlán, Jalisco, Mexico. Ocotlán is a city located at the border of the Chapala Lake, the biggest lake in Mexico.  My family has been employed by Celanese for three generations. Here’s a brief story of my family as a member of the Celanese Mexico family.

First Generation:

Mr. Jesús Sanchez was born on July 27, 1911, in Concepcion de Buenos Aires, Jalisco, located in the top of the Sierra del Tigre where he used to work as a muleteer.

In 1945, a group of North American entrepreneurs purchased land that used to be a peanut field in Poncitlán with the purpose of building a chemical company called Celanese Mexicana.

My father was contracted during the second year of construction, and the company started up in 1947. In 1962, he got throat cancer but continued working for Celanese until 1976 when he  retired.

Pic 1 & 2. Jesús Sanchez and me, Salvador Sanchez, during my prom day and at home for Christmas.

Second Generation:

I was hired by Celanese on November 16, 1966 and worked as a maintenance programmer.

In 1974, I married and by 1977 on April 12my daughter Ericka was born – one of the happiest days of my life.

In 1982, I was sent to the Cangrejera site in Coatzacoalcos, Mexico, to be part of the new plant startup. I was in charge of training the operators and supervisors at the newest Celanese Mexico plant. .

I spent the rest of my professional life in Maintenance operations covering almost all areas in the Ocotlán site.

Pic. 3  Me and my daughter, Ericka, during a visit to Celanese

Third Generation:

I used to take my daughter to Celanese events like the Christmas festivities called “Posadas,” but the thing she liked most was when I used to take her to visit the plant.

Ericka studied Chemical Engineering in college and was hired by Celanese as a process engineer for the Filament business to translate standard operating procedures from the Celanese Drummondville plant that was shutting down in the year 2000.

Several years later she married and gave birth to two children, Carlitos and Ana.

 Pic. 4 My daughter, Ericka Sanchez (seated in the center), at the Camex plant.

I wonder if there could be a fourth generation of Celanese in my family.

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My name is Salvador Sanchez Valerio. I was born on January 20, 1950 in Ocotlán, Jalisco, Mexico. Ocotlán is a city located at the border of the Chapala Lake, the biggest lake in Mexico. My family has been employed by Celanese for three generations.

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  1. Linda Blais says:

    Great story! It makes me wonder how many more employees have a similar situation with family generations working for Celanese. Thank-you for sharing your story.

  2. Elias Castañeda says:

    Sometimes the business became just cold numbers in a graph from a desk, but this shows how people has given his entire life to work in a great company like the ours. I wonder if someday this story can be repeated.

  3. Diana Garibay says:

    Because of people like you, your dad, and your daughter Celanese Mexicana has become a great family. Thank for sharing your story. It is very inspiring.

  4. Rodrigo Zavala says:

    Thanks Chava for share with us this interesting information, three generation is easily to said but dificult to find, your forgot to mention also that you were one of the best golf and basket bool player in Ocotlan Site.
    Hope you can reach Four generation in Celanese soon.

  5. Jacy Medina says:

    Mr. Sánchez, I met your daughter Ericka and of course to her husband at Celanese a few years ago when I was working there and let me tell you that knowing this story, makes me feel that your family is so talented doing their job, and it”s very nice to read about the Sanchez”s dinasty, making of Celanese Mexicana the big company that it already is. Congratulations! I bet that Ericka”s and Alfredo”s babies will be working some day doing what they learn from all of you, and continuing the new generation of leadership that I”m sure is emerging at this point.

  6. Dan Lynch says:

    I met Erika and Alfredo when they were dating as engineers at Ocotlan, and we were installing the new POF system about 10 years ago. Salvador, you have a wonderful daughter and great son-in-law. They are very nice people, the kind that we can depend on carrying on the Celanese tradition after we retire. This is a great family story. I still talk with Alfredo often now that they are in Narrows, VA. You have shown us another way to contribute to Celanese.

  7. Salvador Sánchez Valerio says:

    Dear friends: I only want to say thanks a lot for your coments. My doughter Ericka has the complete history about our familly. All or you can solicitate her it and I thik, she will send it to every one or yow. Thanks a lot again.
    Salvador Sánchez Valerio

  8. Jacquelyn Mary McCloskey says:

    I feel proud WITH your family! What an inspiring story. My father, Stan M. Johnson, was the superintendent for Celanese Corp.of America who was sent to Mexico, in 1946 to build that planta Celanesa.!! As a little child, I have happy memories of living in Ocatlan, Jalisco!…….Much continued success to all of you +

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