One of the largest suppliers of chlorine will break ground on a new Louisiana manufacturing plant on Wednesday to replace its facility damaged by fire during Hurricane Laura.
KPLC- TV reports that KIK Consumer Product’s BioLab Division will officially break ground at its Westlake site on June 30, jumpstarting a new manufacturing facility for the production of pool chemical supplies. The company plans to complete a $170 million reconstruction and expansion of the plant by spring of 2022. The project will allow the plant to operate at a 30% greater production capacity.
Company representatives and Gov. John Bel Edwards will be on hand for the groundbreaking ceremony.
The BioLab facility in Lake Charles was the second-largest supplier of trichloroisocyanuric acid and disodium isocyanurate, used to make chlorine tablets and pool shock products, including the Bio-Guard trade name, before it was damaged in Hurricane Laura, according to KIK Consumer.
The down time has created an unprecedented national shortage of those products.