Originally Posted on The Advocate
Monsanto Co. pulled the trigger Tuesday on a $975 million expansion at its Luling plant that is expected to add about 100 full-time employees and 20 contractors to the site.
The Luling plant already has around 665 workers. Louisiana Economic Development estimates the project will result in an additional 450 new indirect jobs in the state, for a total of about 550 new jobs.
The plant will produce dicamba, an herbicide used in protecting crops and a key component in its Roundup Ready Xtend Crop System products. Monsanto has said the products may initially be used in soybean and cotton crops. The expansion is expected to be completed in mid-2019.“Our Luling facility’s unique geographic location within our manufacturing network will help provide our farmer customers across the Americas with better access to a critical weed management tool,” Monsanto President and Chief Operating Officer Brett Begemann said in a news release.