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BASF's Freeport Site to Install New Crystallizer System, Converts By-Product Into Key Plant Fertilizer Component
Monday July 23, 12:13 pm ET

Joint project with American Plant Food Corporation

Construction of the system is expected to take two years to complete. During this time, the project will employ 20 construction personnel at the site and 20 jobs off-site for local companies.

BASF is a major producer of caprolactam, which is used to manufacture nylon products. While BASF has supplied ammonium sulfate to American Plant Food for many years, the companies together saw the opportunity to increase production of higher quality granules of ammonium sulfate and gain new efficiencies in the process by installing the new crystallizer system.

"This provides BASF and American Plant Food with a unique opportunity that provides great benefits for both parties," said Art Colwell, Vice President and General Manager of BASF's Freeport site. "It is an excellent example of finding innovative uses for by-products and eliminating waste in our manufacturing processes."

"Our companies have a long-standing relationship and this demonstrates the next chapter in finding new ways for mutually-beneficial business gains," said Don Ford, President, CEO and Chairman for American Plant Food Corporation. "We look forward to having this new crystallizer system in place to increase the quality of ammonium sulfate to supply our customers for blending, direct applications and industrial use."

Randy Hulvey, Manager of Supply Chain Management for Polyamide and Intermediates for BASF in North America added, "This project is another example of how closely BASF and American Plant Food have worked together for more than 40 years. It also demonstrates how BASF helps make its customers more successful."

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BASF Corporation, headquartered in New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF AG, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF employs more than 15,500 in North America and had sales of approximately $14.3 billion in 2006.

BASF is the world's leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products, agricultural products and fine chemicals to crude oil and natural gas. As a reliable partner to virtually all industries, BASF's high-value products and intelligent system solutions help its customers to be more successful. BASF develops new technologies and uses them to meet the challenges of the future and open up additional market opportunities. It combines economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility, thus contributing to a better future. BASF has approximately 95,000 employees and posted sales of Euro52.6 billion (approximately $66.1 billion) in 2006.

American Plant Food Corporation

American Plant Food Corporation (APF) has been in the fertilizer business since its inception in 1964 with products serving agricultural and industrial businesses. The company's product line ranges from Crop Formulas made to fit the needs of crops in specific soil areas, to Custom Formulas made to fit exacting specifications resulting from soil testing and agronomic recommendations. Its blended product lines consist of both Uri-Pels and Multi- Pels. A key product supplied by American Plant Food is ammonium sulfate, which is a white, free-flowing compound of 21 percent nitrogen and 24 percent sulfur. Ammonium sulfate is ideal for blending or direct application.

Source: BASF Corporation

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