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Council updates deal for chemical plant

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Posted: Sep 21, 2012 8:56 AM
Updated: Sep 21, 2012 8:56 AM
Source: Associated Press

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GONZALES - The Ascension Parish Council has approved revising an incentive proposal for a $300 million chemical facility set to locate in the parish.

Canadian mineral development company Avalon Rare Metals Inc. announced last month its intention to build a 150-acre rare earth elements separation refinery in Geismar. Construction of the facility would depend on a final investment decision by Avalon in 2013.

The project is estimated to create 175 new direct, full-time jobs with a projected annual payroll of $13.1 million.

Thursday's 8-0 vote lowers a previously approved 45 percent sales tax rebate figure from $1.3 million to $809,000.

Mike Eades, president of Ascension Parish's economic development arm, said the reduction comes from lower engineering costs and a change in proposed capital expenditures.

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