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Lion Elastomers Establishes Ascension Parish, Louisiana, Production Complex

Synthetic rubber manufacturer Lion Elastomers will establish a multi-level production building housing two new finishing lines at its manufacturing facility in Ascension Parish, Louisiana. The $22 million project will retain 176 jobs.

The expansion will increase production capacity which supports the supply chains of automobile tire manufacturers and production of a broad range of other rubber goods. The company began construction on the new 8,405-square-foot structure in the third quarter of 2021.

“Louisiana and Ascension Parish are favorable locations for investment due to a strong workforce, availability of raw materials and utilities, and central location to distribute products to North American and international markets,” said Steve Isaacs, Director of Process Technology and Optimization. “This project will strengthen Lion Elastomers’ manufacturing position, enhance quality and service for EPDM consumers, and protect and/or expand jobs at the Geismar site.”

The State of Louisiana offered Lion Elastomers an incentive package that includes a performance-based $375,000 Retention and Modernization grant.

“Lion’s Geismar manufacturing facility has provided jobs for Louisiana’s skilled workers for nearly 60 years,” Governor John Bel Edwards added. “The company’s commitment to update and expand its operation ensures that those jobs will remain in Ascension Parish for many years to come. Once again, we see the strength of Louisiana’s manufacturing sector, and the important role our state plays in the manufacture of consumer goods used around the world.”

Lion Elastomers is a premier manufacturer of elastomeric polymers with a legacy as one of the first synthetic rubber producers in the world.

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