Officials at BASF’s Freeport, Texas, site announced that the site will soon
begin construction of a new, 160,000 ton per year ammonium sulfate crystallizer
system at its caprolactam plant. This is a joint project with American Plant
Food Corporation, Galena, Texas, a customer of BASF.
Once completed, the crystallizer will refine high-quality ammonium
sulfate, a by-product of the caprolactam manufacturing process and a key
component in plant fertilizer sold by American Plant Food. Construction of the
crystallizer system is expected to take six months to complete and will cost
about USD 8 million. The project will employ 20 construction personnel and will
create 30 jobs off-site for local companies.
"This provides BASF and American Plant Food with a unique opportunity to gain
significant benefits for both parties," said Chris Witte, Senior Vice President
and General Manager of BASF’s Freeport site. "It is an excellent example of
finding innovative uses for by-products and reducing waste in our manufacturing
processes – as well as helping our customers succeed."