Baton Rouge Area Chamber names Companies to Watch

Source: Renita Young; Nola.com – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber named its annual Companies to Watch, honoring second-stage companies, those that have moved beyond the start-up phase into a period of growth, in the nine-parish Baton Rouge area. BRAC’s awards event concluded its Big Think program during Baton Rouge Entrepreneurship Week (BREW) on Nov. 19. “The six companies honored… Read more »


Renewable Energy Group Celebrates Geismar Plant Grand Opening with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

November 19, 2014 – Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: REGI) celebrated Wednesday the grand opening of its Geismar biorefinery, which is now producing renewable hydrocarbon diesel (RHD) in commercial-scale quantities. The event marked the successful start-up of the 75-million gallon nameplate capacity plant that REG acquired in June. Beginning production on October 14, REG Geismar,… Read more »


Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc. Announces $66 Million Formaldehyde Expansion In Geismar And Luling

New project in Ascension, St. Charles parishes to retain 55 jobs, result in more than 85 new direct and indirect jobs, along with 300 construction jobs Article from Louisiana Economic Development 11.6.14 BATON ROUGE, La. — Today, Gov. Bobby Jindal and Executive Vice President Dale Plante of Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc. announced the company will… Read more »


REG Begins Production and Sales of Renewable Diesel from Louisiana Biorefinery

GEISMAR, La.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:REGI) announced today that commercial-scale quantities of renewable hydrocarbon diesel (RHD) produced at the company’s Geismar, Louisiana biorefinery are now available for sale. The first truckloads of REG-9000™/RHD produced at the 75-million gallon nameplate biorefinery since REG acquired it in June left the plant October 23. The advanced… Read more »


Best Places to Work in BR winners revealed; Methanex tops ranking of 38 local firms

By Kelly Connelly; Baton Rouge Business Report Published Oct 15, 2014 at 10:26 am (Updated Oct 15, 2014) The winners of the inaugural Best Places to Work awards—presented by Business Report, the Greater Baton Rouge Society for Human Resource Management and the Louisiana Workforce Commission—were revealed and honored at an awards breakfast this morning to… Read more »


Huntsman Announces 400 Ktes MDI Expansion Plan for US Manufacturing Plant

September 29, 2014 THE WOODLANDS, Texas – Huntsman Corporation (NYSE: HUN) today announced that it has commenced preliminary engineering to expand production of methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) by investment in a new, world scale MDI plant at its Geismar, Louisiana site. The 400,000 metric ton expansion will leverage the significant advantages of the Geismar site,… Read more »


I-10 Hospitality’s Ground-breaking Ceremony

i-10 Hospitality’s Cruisin’ to Gonzales, Louisiana with a New 15,000 Square Foot Shopping  enter Gonzales, Louisiana soon to be home to a new shopping center with two unique restaurant concepts and four retailers. Louisiana based I-10 Hospitality, LLC, a restaurant, hotel and gaming management company has selected 2706 S. Cabelas Parkway in Gonzales, as the site for their 15,000… Read more »


Geismar biofuel plant getting $15 million investment

The Advocate – Ted Griggs Renewable Energy Group plans to spend $15 million in the next 12 months on the company’s Geismar facility, which makes diesel from animal fat. “Some of that you’d probably consider just normal startup and ramp-up procedures to take a plant from an idled state,” Chief Financial Officer Chad Stone said Monday… Read more »


Stepan Company Announces Potential $60 Million To $70 Million Chemical Facility In Louisiana

7.25.14 Illinois-based company approves feasibility study for surfactants site in Ascension Parish BATON ROUGE, La. — Today, Gov. Bobby Jindal and Stepan Company President and CEO F. Quinn Stepan Jr. announced the company will complete front-end engineering and design work for a potential $60 million to $70 million chemical production facility in the existing industrial… Read more »


IMPALA TERMINALS BURNSIDE COMPLETES ITS FIRST EXPORT SHIPMENT

Impala Terminals, the global terminals operator that provides port, warehousing and multi-modal logistics services for the movement of essential commodities, announced the completion of the first export shipment from the refurbished and expanded Impala Terminals Burnside in Ascension Parish, LA. On July 5, 2014, the M/V UBC SAIKI arrived and was loaded with approximately 30,000… Read more »