BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD)- The pandemic has slowed down the construction of a new $500 million ExxonMobil plant in north Baton Rouge.
“It’s the largest single investment that Exxon has made in over a decade, we are 60 percent mechanically complete,” said ExxonMobil Polyethylene Plant Manager Stephen Hamilton.
The plant produces polypropylene, an essential item in creating everyday products like water bottles, hospital gowns, and containers. Three billion products each year will be produced by the plant.
“We view them as products critical to society, especially now that we have lived through a pandemic,” said Hamilton.
Hamilton said demand for these products has increased during the pandemic.
“Our demand went up crazy because people were staying home. They were ordering everything online, food packaging was high. Of course, surgical mask surgical gadgets, you couldn’t even find them,” he said.
The construction of the plant has created nearly 300 jobs locally and 65 permanent jobs.
The plant is expected to be up and running by this time in 2022.