Fertilizer manufacturing facility coming to St. Gabriel

PAM BOESCH Correspondent

ST. GABRIEL - Nachurs Alpine Solutions (NAS), a fertilizer manufacturer, has announced its expansion into South Louisiana.

The company will spend $14 million renovating a 174,000 square foot facility to produce and distribute liquid fertilizers to global agricultural customers. 

The expansion will create 16 new direct jobs and 44 new indirect jobs. 

“We are very pleased that Nachurs Alpine will be moving into St. Gabriel,” St. Gabriel Mayor Lionel Johnson said. “This is great for our economic development.”

Nachurs Alpine Solutions, based in Ohio, purchased a 69-acre parcel from the old Ciba-Geigy site. 

Chief Financial Officer of NAS said,

“We are excited to expand to Louisiana,” Chief Financial Officer of NAS Jeff Barnes said. “This will allow us to better serve our fertilizer and industrial businesses in the South with great port access for importing and exporting. Also, Iberville Parish provides us with a strong workforce.”

Nachurs manufactures and sells 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. Nachurs plans to supply customers in Louisiana and the South, as well as export markets from the St. Gabriel facility.

 “Nachurs Alpine Solutions is a prime example of companies selecting Louisiana as the next great state for business investment,” Governor Bobby Jindal said. “Nachurs joins a long list of chemical manufacturers investing in Louisiana because of our world-class energy infrastructure, strong business climate and incomparable workforce.”

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. Additional acreage was marketed, and LED, the Iberville Chamber of Commerce and the Baton Rouge Area Chamber worked with Nachurs to identify the site as a prime location on the Mississippi River for the company’s sixth manufacturing facility. Nachurs operates five other manufacturing facilities in the U.S. and Canada, along with 30 product depots for customer convenience.

“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. “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.”

Nachurs is expected to utilize incentives from the state’s Quality Jobs and Industrial Tax Exemption programs.

Construction will be completed by mid-2014, with Nachurs beginning to hire employees during the construction phase.