Agrium Plant Expanding

- BORGER -- More jobs are coming to the panhandle thanks to expansion of a local company.

        The Agrium nitrogen plant in Borger plans a $720 million expansion that should add about two dozen full time jobs.  But, the construction jobs should number more than 1,400.

        The proposed expansion is the first major addition to the plant in more than 20 years.

        Dirt is already being moved at the Agrium plant.  The Canadian-based company announced plans to expand the facility which will include a larger ammonia plant and the addition of a new urea plant which will produce more than a half million tons of fertilizer a year.

        The plant's process engineer, Travis Kunnemann, said, "We'll be modernizing a lot of equipment, so it'll be making us a lot more efficient.  A lot more environmentally friendly, making a lot more product so it's like hitting a homerun on all three fronts."

        During construction, as many as 1,400 contractors will be hired.  But, when finished, Agrium should add between 20 and 30 full time workers.

        "These are jobs you can raise a family on."  Plant manager Rod Oglesby said.

        Oglesby says the Borger Economic Development Corporation along with congressman Mac Thornberry and state senator Kel Seliger were instrumental in making this expansion possible.

        Construction begins next month and should be complete by the middle of 2015.

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