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Wanhua Chemical Plant On Pace for 2Q 2019 Construction Start

Construction on a $1.25-billion chemical complex recently announced for St. James Parish is scheduled to begin in the second quarter of 2019.

In November, Wanhua Chemical Group of China announced plans to build a manufacturing plant on a 250-acre site on the east bank of St. James Parish. The new facility is expected to create 1,000 construction jobs at peak activity.

“Our permitting preparations have been under way for some time, and we anticipate these will support [the start] our construction plans [in Q2 2019],” says James Newport, general manager for Wanhua Chemical U.S. Operations LLC.

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