GEISMAR, LA (WAFB) - A company with deep roots in Louisiana has expanded its operation and payroll.
Governor Bobby Jindal cut the ribbon on Westlake's newest addition; a chlorine plant in Geismar.
The addition is located adjacent to the company's vinyl chlorine monomer and PVC facilities.
The $425 million investment translates into 450 new jobs in Ascension Parish.
State and local leaders acknowledge it also puts Louisiana ahead of other states in the economic sector.
The group says accidents and releases from plants are always possible, so the rules and regulations need to be updated.