Accessibility/Mobile Features
Skip Navigation
Skip to Content
Editorial News
Classified Sites

Brandon Sun - PRINT EDITION

Koch Fertilizer will spend $30M to upgrade local plant

The Koch Fertilizer plant in Brandon’s east end. On Thursday, the company announced it will invest $30 million in the local plant to boost the amount of ammonia it produces here. The upgrades are expected to begin in the second half of 2014, with completion anticipated in late 2015.

FILE PHOTO Enlarge Image

The Koch Fertilizer plant in Brandon’s east end. On Thursday, the company announced it will invest $30 million in the local plant to boost the amount of ammonia it produces here. The upgrades are expected to begin in the second half of 2014, with completion anticipated in late 2015.

Koch Fertilizer will invest $30 million in its Brandon plant to boost the amount of ammonia it produces here.

The project will include the installation of production equipment and process improvements, and provides the foundation for a series of further ammonia projects to increase capacity, which could total 90,000 additional tons annually. However, a company spokesperson couldn’t say which projects were in the pipeline.

Construction for the project is expected to begin in the second half of 2014 with completion anticipated in late 2015.

In addition to the planned increase in ammonia production, the company is also considering a project that would increase urea production capacity at the Brandon plant, but provided no further details.

"This investment in infrastructure and increased capacity supports our continuing efforts to provide value for our customers," senior vice-president Scott McGinn said in a press release.

"We will continue to evaluate further production expansion opportunities."

Koch employs about 260 people in Brandon. The local plant is one of more than 60 Koch facilities across North America.

Former Simplot plant manager Don Pottinger said it makes sense for Koch to capitalize on the relenting demand for fertilizer.

"I would say if they’re looking at more downstream production, it makes all kinds of sense, and I assume they are," he said.

To put the expansion in perspective, Pottinger said the additional capacity is equal to how much the original Simplot building produced when it was built in the 1950s.

"It’s significant," he said.

Demand for the nitrous — in its many forms — is drastically increasing in the northern United States and Western Canada, with no signs of slowing down, Pottinger said.

"The forecast for increased need in the Dakotas and the rest of Canada is pretty well straight up," he said. "And it doesn’t look like much is going to get in the way of that and I think it’s a smart move."

No jobs will be created as a result of the expansion, according to Koch spokesperson Paul Baltzer, but he pointed to the plant’s need to fill 29 existing positions right away.

The chemical fertilizer plant is the second-biggest polluter in the province behind Manitoba’s southwest oilpatch.

In 2011, the Koch plant emitted 701,106 tons of C02 equivalent.

» gbruce@brandonsun.com

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition December 20, 2013

  • Rate this Rate This Star Icon
  • This article has not yet been rated.
  • We want you to tell us what you think of our articles. If the story moves you, compels you to act or tells you something you didn’t know, mark it high. If you thought it was well written, do the same. If it doesn’t meet your standards, mark it accordingly.

    You can also register and/or login to the site and join the conversation by leaving a comment.

    Rate it yourself by rolling over the stars and clicking when you reach your desired rating. We want you to tell us what you think of our articles. If the story moves you, compels you to act or tells you something you didn’t know, mark it high.

Sort by: Newest to Oldest | Oldest to Newest | Most Popular 0 Commentscomment icon

You can comment on most stories on brandonsun.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is register and/or login and you can join the conversation and give your feedback.

There are no comments at the moment. Be the first to post a comment below.

Post Your Commentcomment icon

Comment
  • You have characters left

The Brandon Sun does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. Comments are moderated before publication. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Koch Fertilizer will invest $30 million in its Brandon plant to boost the amount of ammonia it produces here.

The project will include the installation of production equipment and process improvements, and provides the foundation for a series of further ammonia projects to increase capacity, which could total 90,000 additional tons annually. However, a company spokesperson couldn’t say which projects were in the pipeline.

Please subscribe to view full article.

Already subscribed? Login to view full article.

Not yet a subscriber? Click here to sign up

Koch Fertilizer will invest $30 million in its Brandon plant to boost the amount of ammonia it produces here.

The project will include the installation of production equipment and process improvements, and provides the foundation for a series of further ammonia projects to increase capacity, which could total 90,000 additional tons annually. However, a company spokesperson couldn’t say which projects were in the pipeline.

Subscription required to view full article.

A subscription to the Brandon Sun Newspaper is required to view this article. Please update your user information if you are already a newspaper subscriber.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

Brandon Sun Business Directory
Submit a Random Act of Kindness
Why Not Minot?
Welcome to Winnipeg

Social Media