KATOEN NATIE ANNOUNCES $150 MLN BATON ROUGE AREA FACILITY

(The following is a reformatted version of a press release
issued by Louisiana Economic Development and received via e-mail. The release was confirmed by the sender.) 
March 6, 2013 
KATOEN NATIE USA ANNOUNCES $150 MILLION BATON ROUGE AREA
PETROCHEMICAL STORAGE AND PROCESSING FACILITY 
Company will develop 2 million-square-foot complex, resulting in
210 new direct jobs and 516 new indirect jobs 
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Today, Gov. Bobby Jindal and Frank
Vingerhoets, Katoen Natie’s president of petrochemicals in North
America, announced Katoen Natie USA will invest $150 million to
build a plastics storage, custom packaging and distribution
facility for producers of petrochemical products in Baton Rouge.
The logistics platform will create 210 new direct jobs. LED
estimates the project will also result in 516 new indirect jobs,
for a total of more than 700 new permanent jobs. Another 150
construction jobs will be created during the building phase. 
Gov. Jindal said, “Katoen Natie’s decision to build in Louisiana
is part of the renaissance that our chemical and energy
industries are experiencing today. The company said key factors
in their decision to invest in Louisiana included easy access to
railroads, as well as our experienced chemical industry
workforce. Indeed, today Louisiana is a leader in petrochemical
and specialty chemical products because of our strong business
climate, infrastructure, natural resources and incomparable
workforce. 
We’ve experienced this economic growth because we have world-class infrastructure like railways that make Louisiana
attractive to companies who want to invest and create jobs.
We’re blessed to be right on the banks of the Mississippi River,
a resource that’s helped Louisianians transport chemical and
energy products for generations. We are also surrounded by some
of the greatest petrochemical, industrial and natural resources
in the nation. And Louisiana’s incomparable workforce is another
driving force for our tremendous economic growth and helps keep
Louisiana at the forefront of the chemical and energy
industries. Their world-class skills help us produce, process,
package and deliver vital natural resources and chemical
products to markets all over the world. The bottom line is that
all of these incredible assets make Louisiana a prime location
for economic growth and opportunity.” 
The logistics complex - including polymer terminals, warehousing
and distribution facilities - will support local petrochemical
and specialty chemical producers in the Capital Region. The
Katoen Natie facility will offer a variety of processing,
handling, storage and value-added services to these producers,
and will distribute to both domestic and international
customers. Situated on 127 acres on Scenic Highway north of
Baton Rouge, the 2 million-square-foot indoor storage complex is
being designed with an extensive rail yard by CRA Engineering
Group of Baton Rouge. 
Katoen Natie’s plans include developing tie-ins to rail assets
served by Kansas City Southern Railway and Canadian National
Railroad, potentially becoming one of the few facilities of its
kind with dual railway access. 
“We are excited about the new project that will expand our U.S.
and global network,” Vingerhoets said. “This state-of-the-art
facility will help absorb the increasing production capacity of
our customers, which is in relation to the shale gas growth in
the U.S. The cooperation with the local authorities has been
great, and their efforts have contributed to our decision to
invest in the Baton Rouge area.” 
Katoen Natie NV is headquartered in Antwerp, Belgium, with U.S.
operations headquartered in Houston. The company operates
facilities in 28 countries, including six facilities in
locations across the United States: Carson, Calif.; Edison,
N.J.; Gary, Ind.; Houston; and Orange, Texas. Katoen Natie also
operates a facility in Port Allen, La., and employs 20 people
there who support current petrochemical storage efforts. 
The state began working with Katoen Natie on the new project in
February 2012. The company is expected to utilize Louisiana’s
Quality Jobs and Industrial Tax Exemption incentives, as well as
the services of LED FastStart® - the top-ranked state workforce
development program in the nation. 
“BRAC identified Katoen Natie as a potential project for the
Baton Rouge area through our lead generation program,” said BRAC
President and CEO Adam Knapp. “From there, our team worked with
LED and the City of Baton Rouge to show the company why the
Capital Region was the best place for this business. The
addition of Katoen Natie to our region will provide a valuable
service to the chemicals and new energy production sector,
further strengthening this sector, one of our recently
identified target industries.” 
The first phase of the project is expected to begin in early
2013, and will include construction of the first 600,000 square
feet of storage space, all of the rail lines servicing the
facility, half of the available rail yard, all rail tie-ins, and
the construction of a 6-acre detention pond. The company expects
to complete the first phase by the end of 2013, with hiring for
the new facility beginning this summer. Katoen Natie expects to
complete the entire facility by 2018. 
“The addition of Katoen Natie to Baton Rouge will strength our
ability to meet the needs of our existing businesses and help us
recruit new ones,” Baton Rouge Mayor-President Melvin “Kip”
Holden said. “We eagerly welcome the company to our city.” 
About Katoen Natie
Katoen Natie NV is a global logistics service-provider for
multiple industries, offering integrated logistics solutions,
professional services such as warehousing and storage, packing
and packaging, transport and distribution, value-added services,
cleaning and repair, projects and process engineering, and port
operations. For more information, visit www.katoennatie.com. 
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Media Contact:
Gary Perilloux
Gary.Perilloux@la.gov
225.342.3437 
(sgp) NY 
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