Fertilizer manufacturer, Nachurs Alpine Solutions, will invest $13.9 million to open a production facility in St. Gabriel, Louisiana.
Nachurs manufactures liquid fertilizer for a wide variety of agricultural products, including precision-placed, seed-safe, starter fertilizers for corn, soybean and wheat production. The company also develops liquid fertilizer for canola, alfalfa, potatoes, sugar beets, lentils and various other fruit and vegetable products.
Based in Ohio, Nachurs Alpine Solutions recently purchased a 69-acre parcel of the Ciba-Geigy site in St. Gabriel. The firm plans to renovate a 174,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Iberville Parish to produce and distribute liquid fertilizers to global agricultural customer throughout Louisiana and the South, as well as export markets from the St. Gabriel facility.
Our reasons for locating to the Louisiana site are to better serve and expand our fertilizer and industrial businesses in the South and to have good port access for importing and exporting,” said Chief Financial Officer Jeff Barnes of Nachurs Alpine Solutions. “The Ciba-Geigy site will allow us to undertake new manufacturing processes, and Iberville Parish provides us with a strong workforce.”
Gov. Bobby Jindal said, “Nachurs Alpine Solutions is a prime example of companies selecting Louisiana as the next great state for business investment. Nachurs joins a long list of chemical manufacturers investing in Louisiana because of our world-class energy infrastructure, strong business climate and incomparable workforce. This project also represents the redevelopment of a former industrial site and exemplifies how we continue to make use of our existing assets to attract new career opportunities for Louisiana families.”
Ciba-Geigy Corp. developed an herbicide production facility in St. Gabriel in 1970, with much of the original site being retained through mergers by Syngenta Crop Protection Inc., Louisiana Economic Development officials said. Additional acreage was marketed, with Louisiana Economic Development, the Iberville Chamber of Commerce and the Baton Rouge Area Chamber working with Nachurs to identify the site as a prime location on the Mississippi River for the company’s sixth manufacturing facility.
“On behalf of the Iberville Parish Chamber, we are so proud of another win for the area,” said Executive Director Hank Grace of the Iberville Chamber of Commerce. “We welcome Nachurs Alpine Solutions, and we are excited they selected Iberville. Any time a company invests in this area and creates jobs, it’s not only a win for Iberville, but a win for the entire Capital Region.” The firm initially plans to create 44 indirect and 16 direct jobs in the region.
As part of an incentive package, Nachurs is expected to utilize incentives from the state’s Quality Jobs and Industrial Tax Exemption programs.