LIMA — A $190 million expansion at PotashCorp will bring 800 temporary construction jobs to the area and six permanent jobs to the facility, PotashCorp General Manager Todd Sutton announced Thursday.
The expansion will boost the production of ammonia by 88,000 short tons annual to 750,000 tons total. Urea will grow by 80,000 short tons to 555,000 tons annually, Sutton said.
The project was three years in the making, with the announcement coming Thursday as community leaders looked on. PotashCorp President of PCS Nitrogen, Raef Sully, was on hand to mark the occasion and tell people Lima was an easy choice.
“We have a great team here,” he said.
PotashCorp projects the total investment with the new project and improvements to reach more than $300 million, Sutton said.
“That is pretty significant of our plant,” he said. “It will help us stay competitive in the global market.”
Construction on the expansion will begin soon and extend through the Fall of 2015, Sutton said.
“A project this size is really complicated. It really takes effective teamwork between so many groups,” Sutton said.
But on top of that, Sully said the community is a good partner, as well.
The increase in ammonia production not only helps the local facility but a facility the company has in North Carolina which uses it to make fertilizer.
David Mustine, a senior managing director with JobsOhio, said PotashCorp could have picked another location to build but believed in the Lima facility and its people.
“This is a great example why a company like Potash is so important to a community,” Mustine said.
Jeff Sprague, the chief executive officer of the Allen Economic Development Group, said Potash is building for the future, creating jobs that will extend into the next generation.
“It’s really setting the stone deep in Allen County to be able to grow our economy for a long time,” Sprague said.
Urea is used to improve diesel exhaust fluid. It’s injected into the exhaust of a diesel engine to reduce emissions while improving the efficiency of the engine, Sutton said.
Sutton told the group about some numbers associated with the project. There will be five miles of pipe, eight miles of conduit, 25,000 tons of concrete and more than 850,000 working hours that will go into it.