Borden Chemical Plant

Geismar, LA

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Jobsite

Constructed in the early 1960s, the Borden Chemical Plant in Geismar, LA, continued to expand its operations over decades but eventually closed in early 2001.  During its operation, the complex of facilities located on approximately 490 acres produced a variety of chemical products, including vinyl chloride monomer (VCM), methanol, formaldehyde, ammonia and urea.  

Address or general location

4266 Hwy 73

Geismar LA  70734

Detail

Construction of what would become Borden’s Geismar complex of facilities began operating in 1961.  Initially, the complex produced acetylene, methanol and VCM.  From 1965-1967, ammonia and urea plants were added.  In the 1970s and 1980s, formaldehyde plants began operation on the site, and in 1983, Borden completed the addition of a PVC resin plant.  In January 2001, the plant was closed.

Alternative names for the Geismar complex include Borden, Inc., Borden Chemicals and Plastics, and Monochem, Inc.