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Estes Energetics Expands Bossier Parish, Louisiana, Production Operations

Estes Energetics, a black powder, chemical and rocket motor manufacturing company, plans to expand production operations in Bossier Parish, Louisiana. The $7.2 million project is expected to create twelve jobs.

The company will locate in a 30,000-square-foot building at Camp Minden which will manufacture potassium nitrate, barium nitrate, strontium nitrate, strontium oxalate, strontium peroxide, potassium chlorate, potassium perchlorate and potassium sulfate. Operations are scheduled for 2026.

“Estes Energetics is excited to continue growing its role in the U.S. critical chemicals industrial base in partnership with the Department of Defense and state of Louisiana,” said Karl Kulling, CEO of Estes Energetics. “We are expanding our Camp Minden operations, where we recently restarted the only U.S. black powder plant which is well-suited to this type of work.”

The project is being supported by an incentives package including the comprehensive workforce development solutions of LED FastStart. It also includes a $550,000 Performance-Based Grant for building and infrastructure improvements to state-owned assets. In addition, the company is expected to participate in the state’s Quality Jobs and Industrial Tax Exemption programs.

“Today’s announcement is a great example of the positive impact that Louisiana’s support for our nation’s military and national defense can have on our state’s economy,” Louisiana Economic Development (LED) Secretary Susan B. Bourgeois noted. “Estes Energetics’ second Camp Minden facility will create good-paying jobs for our skilled manufacturing workforce, and provide the U.S. Department of Defense with critical materials they need to keep our country safe.”

Goex Industries, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Estes Energetics, is the only producer of black powder in North America. The company has been a supplier for the Department of Defense since September 2023.

“The Greater Bossier Economic Development Foundation is proud to welcome Estes Energetics to Bossier Parish and Camp Minden,” GBEDF President and Executive Director Rocky Rockett added “Working with LED, it is our firm belief that they will enjoy many years of profitable success in Bossier Parish. This decision once again demonstrates the many offerings that Camp Minden and Bossier Parish can bring to the table to a variety of industries that enhance their bottom line and their productivity.”

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