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New Multi-Million Dollar Fertilizer Plant Coming to Northwest Ohio

A global leader in special chemical solutions production has announced plans to build a new Defiance plant, creating 17 new jobs.

Mon Jan 31 2022

Company Name: Tessenderlo Kerley, Inc.
Location: Defiance
Site Region: Northwest
Country of Origin:

  • Country: Belgium
  • Region: Europe

Industry Sector: Shale Energy and Petrochemicals
Company Profile: Tessenderlo Kerley, Inc. (TKI) produces and markets specialty chemical solutions, including fertilizers, crop protection chemicals and process chemicals and services to diverse markets around the world. TKI operates 11 manufacturing plants in NA.
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Project Summary:

Type of Project: New Location


  • Jobs committed: 17
  • Jobs retained: 0

Capital Investment: $44,000,000

Timetable: The plant is expected to become operational in the first quarter of 2024.

Company Need:

Tessenderlo Kerley, Inc, a leading producer of sulfur-based chemistries supporting precision agriculture, water treatment and other industrial end uses, is seeking to bring a manufacturing & distribution center to northwest Ohio. This opportunity brings greater than $44 million in capital investment to your community along with upwards of 20 skilled chemical plant operations jobs. This investment enables TKI to better serve the region (Ohio & surrounding areas).

“Our investment in this new manufacturing facility will service the local community and support the increased demand in the region, this strategic venture not only combines excellence in process technology, but also diversifies our local market position, and strengthens our sustainability goals by bringing us closer to our customers.”
Russell Sides
Executive Vice President, Tessenderlo Kerley, Inc.

Why Ohio?

Along with its ideal location in the Midwest, Tessenderlo Kerley also cited a comprehensive transportation network and a strong, highly qualified workforce as critical factors in its site location decision.

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