BASF announced plans to build a Polyurethane Systems House in Geismar, La. The $42 million facility will create 22 new jobs related to blending polyurethane raw materials into customized products for customers in the transportation, furniture, and construction industries.
The project will also create more than 160 construction jobs. BASF intends to begin construction in the second quarter of 2014.
“This Polyurethane Systems House project demonstrates our commitment to the future growth in this region and market,” said Tom Yura, senior vice president and general manager of BASF’s Geismar site. “The project also further strengthens our position as a leading supplier of chemistry for sustainable solutions by creating efficiency and shortening the supply chain to our customers.”
With 40 system houses in its global network, BASF is the leading provider of polyurethane solutions to the industry. The new facility will develop, serve and manufacture innovative polyurethane systems for a wide range of applications, while also improving reaction speed and service to customer and market needs in North America, said Yura.
BASF continues to be one of the largest economic drivers in Louisiana, investing more than $350 million in projects since 2009, according to a statement by Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. “The continued success of BASF led to today’s latest expansion, which will allow polyurethane blending to take place right here in Louisiana rather than being shipped out-of-state.”
For more information on careers at BASF in Louisiana, visit http://www.basf.us/la-jobs.
BASF’s manufacturing presence in Louisiana includes operations in Geismar, Zachary and Vidalia; it employs nearly 2,000 people in in the state. BASF has more than 16,600 employees in North America, and sales of $18.5 billion in 2012. Its U.S. headquarters, in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany.
For more on BASF's operations, see http://www.automationworld.com/chemical/apprion-continues-industrial-wireless-work-basf