By Branden Ferguson, Multimedia Video Journalist - bio | email
Lima Ohio -
The Lima PotashCorp makes a range of products including ammonia, urea, nitric acid and nitrogen solutions. Those items are then used in the agriculture sector, and as key ingredients in manufacturing processes.
On Thursday, officials announced that they will be making a $190 million expansion. The expansion will improve ammonia production by 88,000 (short tons) and urea production by 80,000 (short tons). Part of the expansion includes creating a product that will help improve diesel emissions and engine quality. The plant will also use natural gas collected in Ohio, lowering the cost of production and allowing PotashCorp to compete on an international level.
While the plant has already filled the six positions created through the expansion, hundreds of jobs will be created during the construction process. With up to 800 people on the construction site at one time, local businesses and gas stations will likely see a spike in sales.
With additional maintenance and capital improvements on the Lima campus, the $190 million expansion could turn into a $330 million investment over the next two years.