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CF plant manager "looking forward" to expanding Port Neal plant

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We have a better idea of the size, and scope, of the expansion of the CF Industries plant, near Sergeant Bluff, Iowa. The plant's general manager met with local business leaders to update them on the project.

When the expansion of CF Industries' Port Neal plant was announced, in November of 2012, few outside of the company knew the specifics of what is the single-largest capital investment in Iowa history.

The $1.7-billion project, which broke ground last month, will take three-years to complete. When it's done, general plant manager Nick DeRoos says the complex will boast a state-of-the-art ammonia and granular urea production unit with a new warehouse to store 154,000 tons of product. And, in a speech to local business leaders, this afternoon, DeRoos said it's the sheer size of the project that's exciting. Nick DeRoos, CF Industries Port Neal Plant Manager, said "The urea warehouse that we're putting in place will be one of the largest in North America. The urea plant, itself, that we're building will be tied with our Donaldsonville facility for the largest  in North America. These are large-scale facilities. They're world-class in size. And, we're looking forward to getting that built."

The expansion will triple the plant's capacity of ammonia fertilizer, create the capacity to produce nearly 4,000 tons of urea granular fertilizer a day, and add on-site storage for the urea. CF will need a lot of new workers to run the plant, and thousands to build it. Nick DeRoos, CF Industries Port Neal Plant Manager, said "Publicly, we've talked about roughly 100 long-term, permanent jobs being added. The construction staff that's going to be required is going to be dependent upon the schedule of the project. We're estimating between 1,500 and 2,000 workers."

Though construction is still in its earliest phase, DeRoos says the work should be complete in 2016.

CF has already hired 65 permanent workers. Many are local, and DeRoos says he hopes local workers will make up the majority of the workforce.

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