Jindal announces expansion plans for Nalco Co. in Garyville

Garyville, La. - Governor Bobby Jindal announced on Thursday that the Nalco Company is expanding, building a dry polymer production facility at its Garyville plant.

The governor says the expansion will creating 22 direct jobs and retain 235 existing jobs at the facility. It's also estimated the polymer facility will create an estimated 167 new indirect jobs.

Nalco, which completed a merger with Ecolab Inc. late last year, will invest $18.7 million in the expansion.

Nalco will produce dry polymers, which are used to remove contaminants from wastewater, to increase production efficiency in the paper industry and to recover minerals in the mining industry. Average annual salaries for the 22 new direct jobs will be $63,700, plus benefits.

Governor Jindal said, "Ecolab decided to reinvest in Louisiana because of the track record of production success the company has had in St. John the Baptist Parish, and most importantly, because Louisiana has some of the best workers in the world. The company's expansion is a testament to Louisiana's strong business climate and the reliable and hardworking men and women of Louisiana."

The company began construction on the new 300,000-square-foot facility in October and the dry polymer production plant is set for completion at the end of 2012.

"For more than 40 years, the Garyville community has had a significant role in the growth of Nalco, and we are extremely proud of the products our local employees have produced," said Executive Vice President Jim Seifert of Ecolab. "This new facility further strengthens our relationship with the community and the State of Louisiana, and we look forward to opening this facility and providing our customers with another innovative product solution."