Global company invests $29 million in St. Gabriel plant expansion

Staff reports

Taminco Higher Amines Inc. announced plans this week to expand its

facility in St. Gabriel. The company is scheduled to begin operating three new

production units by early 2010. Two of the units will be relocated from the Taminco

Riverview site located near Detroit, Mich., and one unit will be a new, grassroots


"Despite the national recession, companies continue to invest here and demonstrate

their confidence in our state," said Louisiana Economic Development Secretary

Stephen Moret.

The company will invest approximately $29 million, creating at least 150

construction jobs and 20 new, permanent jobs. In addition, the company will retain

53 employees and 15 resident contractors at the St. Gabriel facility.

"This expansion is a good fit for St. Gabriel because we already produce most of the

raw materials needed for the new process units, and we are close to our customer

base," said St. Gabriel Site Manager Mitch Corona. "In addition, the St. Gabriel

location is supported by a number of local technical schools, which provide a

qualified pool of operators and technicians for continued growth."

Construction on the facility is expected to begin in the second quarter of 2009. The

company will be taking advantage of the Louisiana Quality Jobs Program and the

Industrial Tax Exemption Program with assistance provided by LED.  

With facilities and employees throughout the globe, Taminco specializes in producing

and marketing amines and derived molecules. The three new units at the St. Gabriel

facility will produce a variety of products that are used in water treatments,

pharmaceuticals, chemicals for paints and coatings. For more information on Taminco,