Congressman Melancon tours BASF Geismar site
Calls BASF facility major asset to area’s economy
GEISMAR, La., April 12, 2007 -- U.S. Rep. Charlie Melancon, D-La., recently
toured BASF’s Geismar site to learn more about products made at the facility
and to meet many of the company’s 1,500 employees and contractors in
“BASF is a good corporate citizen and contributes tremendously to the
economy of our area, as does the entire chemical industry,” Melancon said
during his visit on April 3. “I’m pleased to have BASF as part of my
Melancon, whose third district stretches from Ascension Parish to the
state’s coastal parishes, told BASF employees that while growing up in
Napoleonville many of his friends aspired to work in the chemical industry.
“The plants along the Mississippi River have been a source of good jobs for
many years. I’m very much aware of the great economic impact that you have in
Louisiana,” Melancon said.
Mike Cohen, Senior Vice President and General Manager of BASF’s Geismar
site, told Melancon that the four BASF facilities in Louisiana provide 1,500
jobs with payrolls of $120 million. The Geismar site has more than 1,000
employees and contractors with employee wages and benefits of $102 million a
year. The site spends $17.5 million annually in Ascension Parish and $65.3
million in Louisiana.
“Congressman Melancon wanted to tour our site to learn about the many
products that Louisiana people make at Geismar,” Cohen said. “He’s especially
interested in one of our products that has potential for helping in our state’s
battle against coastal erosion. We were very pleased and honored to have him
take time out of his busy schedule to tour our site.”
Melancon’s tour included a visit to the MDI control room where Operations
Manager Bud Portwood explained how operators and supervisors operate the plant
from computers. The MDI plant produces a polyurethane-based product that is
presently used to reinforce dikes and has possible applications in efforts to
stop coastal erosion.
BASF’s Geismar site manufactures a wide range of chemicals used in hundreds
of consumer products.
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