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Canada-based Ostara Builds St. Louis, Missouri, Fertilizer Production Plant

Eco-friendly fertilizer producer Ostara will invest $25 million to construct a new fertilizer production facility in St. Louis, Missouri. The project is expected to create 40 new jobs.

The facility will be Ostara’s largest in the U.S. and use sustainable technology to produce Crystal Green fertilizer. The company currently operates in Florida, but desired an additional presence in the central part of the country.

“St. Louis was a natural choice for Ostara to construct its newest and largest manufacturing facility that will produce our environmentally friendly Crystal Green® fertilizer,” said Dan Parmar, CEO at Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technologies. “As we gear up production over the next year, we’re partnering with the St. Louis community and Missouri businesses to continue our mission to produce a sustainable phosphorus soil health solution that will enhance crop yields while protecting water sources across the globe.”

Ostara utilized the Missouri Works program, an incentive tool to help companies expand and retain workers by providing access to capital through withholdings or tax credits for job creation. The company is also receiving assistance from Missouri One Start, a division of the Department of Economic Development. Missouri One Start assists eligible businesses of all sizes with their recruitment and training needs.

“We’re excited to welcome another agtech company to Missouri, where agriculture remains our number one economic driver,” Governor Mike Parson said. “Ostara’s investment in St. Louis will create more career opportunities for Missourians, build on its mission to help farmers improve crop yields across North America, and protect water and soil quality around the globe.”

Headquartered in Canada, Ostara develops technologies that recover phosphorus and nitrogen from water treatment streams and convert them into eco-friendly fertilizer.

“Ostara’s products and vision dovetail with St. Louis’ strengths,” said Steve Johnson, president, AllianceSTL, the business attraction initiative of Greater St. Louis, Inc. “Agriculture, plant sciences and manufacturing have long served as foundational elements of our regional economy. Our agtech agglomeration will provide a unique level of support for Ostara, and the company, in turn, will contribute to its growth, and the growth of our region, while increasing quality jobs in Downtown St. Louis.”

During site selection, Ostara chose St. Louis for its renowned agtech industry, world-class educational institutions, and central location. The company chose to repurpose an existing facility as part of its mission to protect natural resources

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