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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 Louisiana.

“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 district.”

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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