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Company to Rebuild Plant Destroyed by Hurricane

The fire burned for three days.

Last year, the BioLab chlorine plant in Westlake, Louisiana, caught fire during Hurricane Laura.

Built in 1979, the plant made chlorine products for swimming pools and spas. The fire burned for three days and heavily damaged the facility. 

On Wednesday, BioLab parent company KIK Consumer Products announced a $170 million investment to build a new chlorine products plant in Westlake. 

The move will create 82 jobs with an average annual salary of $76,000, plus benefits. The company will retain 19 existing jobs as well. 

The new facility is scheduled to be completed sometime in 2022 and will produce trichloroisocyanuric acid (TCCA), a sanitizer that kills microorganisms, prevents algae growth, keeps water clean and protects pool equipment. 

The announcement was made with Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and, according to Louisiana Economic Development, the project will also create 231 indirect jobs. KIK is expected to take advantage of the state's business development incentives.  

Louisiana's Quality Jobs program provides a 6% cash rebate on annual payroll expenses for up to 10 years and a tax rebate on capital or facility expenses. 

The Industrial Tax Exemption program can provide an 80% property tax abatement for up to 10 years.

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