GEISMAR, La. (BRPROUD) — BASF announced a $19.8 million expansion of its Geismar plant on Thursday.

BASF said it will invest in the Ascension Parish manufacturing complex to increase the production of chemicals needed for printers, dishwashing detergent, and electronic products. With the expansion, BASF will keep over 1,000 jobs at the facility and estimated that 58 jobs will be created in construction jobs.

“For the second time in a matter of weeks, BASF has made a significant investment in the expansion of its Geismar facility, securing the jobs of more than 1,000 skilled Louisiana workers,” Gov. John Bel Edwards said. “This project is a testament to the logistical advantages our state offers to manufacturers seeking access to global markets, and reinforces our state’s unique ability to provide a wide range of supply chain solutions.”

Previously, BASF announced a $780 million project to double the capacity of the Geismar location. This new adjustment will change and rearrange an underused unit in the plant for manufacturing.

“The news of BASF announcing another investment in the Geismar site is fantastic,” said Jerry Lebold, BASF’s senior vice president and general manager at the Geismar site. “With more than $2 billion in new projects and improvements since 2009, Geismar is positioned for success well into the future.”

To ensure the project’s security, Louisiana offered BASF a performance-based Retention and Modernization Program award of $300,000 for over the next five years, according to BASF. The company is also expected to use Louisiana’s Industrial Tax Exemption program.

“We applaud BASF for improving efficiencies that lead to sustained employment opportunities here in Geismar,” said Kate MacArthur, president and CEO of Ascension Economic Development Corp., “and appreciate the commitment they show to our community.”