As reported in the Evening Times, BASF announced last week that its Paisley plant would close by 2015 with the loss of 140 jobs.
Renfrewshire Council leader Mark Macmillan is meeting Finance Secretary John Swinney today when he will urge the minister to step up the fight to secure the Hawkhead Road plant's future.
Councillor Macmillan said it is vital that the Scottish Government 'gives its full backing' to proposals which could secure jobs in the town.
He said: "The positive outcome on the future of Grangemouth offers much-needed encouragement for the BASF workforce in Paisley.
"The key lesson is that a swift and concerted political effort at the highest level can bring an impetus for change which can deliver investment and job security.
"I will be urging the Scottish Government to demonstrate the same urgency in Paisley that was shown in Grangemouth.
"It may well be that a possible solution lies in finding a buyer or looking for alternative uses for the BASF plant.
"As leader of Renfrewshire Council, I have already met with BASF management and stressed the council's readiness to participate in any realistic proposal that could retain skilled jobs in Paisley.
"Whatever the best option is, I am calling on the Scottish Government to make clear to all potential investors that it will be a major player in finding a solution."
Workers were given the grim news at a meeting at the massive site last week.
BASF said the reason for the closure is a fall in demand for the printing chemicals produced at the site.