A subsidiary of Netherlands-based Louis Dreyfus Co. has cut the ribbon on its new, $22 million glycerin refinery in Claypool. Louis Dreyfus Co. Agricultural Industries LLC says the facility, located at the company’s soybean crushing and biodiesel plant, is the second-largest of its kind in the country.
The company says it has been making crude glycerin since the plant opened in 2007. The new refinery will allow the plant to process up to 100 percent of the crude glycerin into USP food-grade glycerin with a minimum 99.7 percent purity.
"Our plant produces the highest-quality refined glycerin, meeting the increasing needs of our growing customer network and a glycerin market that is on the rise, as new applications for refined glycerin continue to be discovered across a variety of industries worldwide including personal care, pharmaceuticals, food manufacturing, healthcare, automotive, chemical and textiles," said Sean Doyle, regional head of oilseeds for North America at Louis Dreyfus Co.
The Kosciusko Economic Development Corp. says the new refinery will be able to produce 20,000 gallons of refined glycerin per day.
Doyle adds the refinery will set the stage for further growth and employment in the Kosciusko County town. The KEDC says project created 10 new jobs.