A company that started in Augusta in the 19th century plans to reopen a local sulfuric acid plant that will create 30 new jobs in the area.
Southern States Chemical Inc. announced its acquisition of the former Chemtrade plant on Columbia Nitrogen Drive in east Augusta, the company said in a news release Tuesday.
Southern States intends to renovate the plant that closed in 2016 and create “an inland production site that will continue to operate in the event of weather disruptions at our coastal production sites,” Key said. Compton, president of Southern States.
The new facility should help reconcile “transportation and supply chain issues that have become more difficult in recent months,” said Stephen Dees, vice president of sales for Southern States.
Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
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Southern States Chemical began in Augusta in 1897 as Southern States Phosphate and Fertilizer Co. The company donated soil amendments and fertilizers for the construction of the Augusta National Golf Club course in 1932, according to the release. .
Southern States moved to Savannah in 1936.
The closed Augusta plant dates back to 1966, when sulfuric acid producer Tennessee Corp. announced the construction of the building. Peridot Chemical Co. took over the facility in 1988 and operated it until 1997, when General Chemical Corp. acquired Peridot and spent $20 million on factory expansion.
Chemtrade Logistics bought General Chemical in 2014 and closed the Augusta plant two years later.