ASCENSION PARISH, La. (BRPROUD) – The expansion of a Geismar-based chemical plant is expected to protect the careers of 176 locals for years to come and possibly create even more job opportunities.

According to a Tuesday, August 30 news release from Louisiana Economic Development (LED), Lion Elastomers is investing $22 million into the construction of a new building on its property.

The company is a synthetic rubber manufacturer that’s been based in Ascension Parish since 1964.

Plant officials are funneling millions into the expansion project in hopes of creating two new finishing lines that they expect will broaden the company’s reach in the market and bring more money into the local community.

Lion Elastomers’ Director of Process Technology and Optimization, Steve Isaacs, touched on this when he said, “This project will strengthen Lion Elastomers’ manufacturing position, enhance quality and service for EPDM consumers, and protect and/or expand jobs at the Geismar site.”

Construction of the new project began in 2021 and is expected to be completed before the conclusion of 2022.

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