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Baton Rouge Industrial Development

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A thread for industrial development such as plant expansions.

Pipe mill expansion expected to nearly double work force

Construction has started on a $60 million expansion at the Stupp Bros. pipe mill in north Baton Rouge, a project that is expected to nearly double the number of employees. The mill is adding a spiral weld facility, which will allow the plant to produce pipes with a larger diameter that can be used by the natural gas and oil industries. Plans are to hire 179 workers at the spiral weld facility, with an annual payroll of nearly $10 million, says Robert Turner, vice president of commercial sales for Stupp. There are about 200 workers at the pipe mill right now. The expansion is scheduled to open in early 2009. Stupp, which has been in Baton Rouge since 1952, is one of the leading manufacturers of custom line pipe for the transport of oil and natural gas.

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Not sure if this should have gone in the suburban Ascension development thread?? Since I saw Geismar, I went ahead an posted this BIG project here.

http://www.2theadvocate.com/news/business/11820761.html

The Ascension Economic Development Corp. will mark the certification of a 1,000-acre megasite on Dec. 13.

The 10 a.m. event near the Sunshine Bridge, just downstream from Donaldsonville, represents the completion of all utility, site characteristic, infrastructure and ground detail data needed by site selection consultants who help major corporations find locations for production facilities.

The site, called Pointe Sunshine, is among the candidates for a Shaw Corp. nuclear components office and manufacturing complex that

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"ExxonMobil completes BR plastics plant

ExxonMobil Chemical will mark the completion and startup of a new $20 million polymer processing plant Thursday in north Baton Rouge.

The new facility was built at the company

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Shintech plans to keep on growing

http://www.2theadvocate.com/news/business/15129256.html

The market for polyvinyl-chloride grows at 3 to 5 percent a year, and plans are for Shintech to keep growing for some time to come. The first phase of the new Shintech plant on River Road between Plaquemine and White Castle is rapidly taking shape and could begin production by April.

Phase two of the plant, which Wise calls an

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ExxonMobil increases size of local expansion

ExxonMobil confirms a $550 million expansion is under way at its Baton Rouge complex to produce a lower sulfur diesel for locomotives. The complex already produces the diesel, but refinery Manager Stan Vanderleeuw says the nonroad diesel project will allow them to produce a new version that will comply with lower federal requirements effective in 2010. Site preparation began three months ago for the new production unit in the refinery.

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Synthetic fuel plant breaking ground

Dynamic Fuels, the company building a $138 million synthetic fuels plant in Geismar, is set to break ground on the facility today.

A joint venture between chicken processor Tyson Foods and Syntroleum Corp., Dynamic Fuels will produce diesel and jet fuels from low-grade animal fats and greases. Production is expected to begin in 2010 with a capacity of 75 million gallons per year.

The project will support 250 construction jobs. Once completed, the plant will have a staff of 45 people and generate an annual payroll of more than $4 million.

http://www.2theadvocate.com/news/business/30520934.html

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This is great! It means more jobs for Baton Rouge to help buffer us from these hard economic times.

"ExxonMobil plans to expand B.R. refinery

ExxonMobil Refining & Supply will invest more than $1 billion in three refineries, including its Baton Rouge location, to increase production of cleaner burning diesel by six million gallons a day. Along with the work at the Scenic Highway plant, the company will build new units and modify existing facilities in Baytown, Texas, and Antwerp, Belgium.

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Exxon investing $500 million

About half of a more than $1 billion global investment in cleaner-burning diesel fuel by Exxon Mobil Corp. will take place at its Baton Rouge refinery.

The $500 million investment will enable Exxon Mobil to boost its daily diesel output in Baton Rouge by about 15 percent to 140,000 barrels a day. The Baton Rouge refinery

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"Gramercy sugar refinery groundbreaking scheduled

Groundbreaking is scheduled Feb. 3 in Gramercy for a sugar refinery that owners say will be able to produce a million tons of sugar per year. Louisiana Sugar Refining LLC says that's one of the highest capacities in the country. The corporation is a joint venture among Cargill, Imperial Sugar Company, and Sugar Growers and Refiners, Inc. — a cooperative representing eight mills and more than 700 Louisiana sugar growers. Imperial owns the current sugar refinery at Gramercy. Louisiana Sugar Refining says the project will create more than 500 construction jobs. The new refinery is slated to begin commercial production in 2011."

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