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1,4Group considering building a $35 million chemical processing plant in Louisiana

An Idaho potato preservative and insect repellent producer is considering building a $35 million chemical processing plant in Ascension Parish, Louisiana, reports Kristen Mosbrucker for The Advocate

Meridian, Idaho-based 1,4Group was founded in 1992 by a former potato farmer and has grown into a global business with operations in Canada, Mexico and Europe. The proposed complex, at an undisclosed location in Ascension, would potentially replace a Chinese production site and manufacture insect repellent and a potato preservative for global export.

“We are interested in Louisiana because it offers a readily available supply of raw materials, a highly skilled workforce and multiple seaports,” said John Forsythe, chairman. More than 112 million pounds of potatoes have been treated with the company’s 1,4-DMN chemical products to prevent them from sprouting.

Source: The Advocate. Full story here
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