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4/18/2012 10:52:00 AM
Helena Chemical opens Huntington terminal; expects to increase workforce

Lucas Bechtol, Herald-Press

When construction started more than a year ago for Helena Chemical’s Huntington terminal, the weather was not very cooperative. However, the sun was shining Tuesday when many people’s hard work came to fruition with the grand opening of the facility.

“We’re quite excited, obviously,” said Randy Parman, the vice president of the Northern Business unit of Helena Chemical. “We’re really proud with what we have.”

The terminal has already created nine jobs for Huntington and Parman said that should increase to 15 or more within the next year.

“This facility will also feed our other locations in the state,” he said.

The Huntington Terminal is a dry and liquid fertilizer terminal facility.

“There’s really no heavy manufacturing going on; this is more of a terminal/distribution site,” Parman said.

The Huntington Terminal may produce chemicals, but will blend some of their products at the facility, he said.

“The other plant is a distribution center for our product line,” Parman added.

The Huntington location will serve 5 to 10 million acres in agricultural production and hold more than 70,000 tons of product at its facility. The terminal will serve Helena retail locations in three states: Indiana, Michigan and Ohio, according to a company press release. It will also serve as a proprietary distribution center for the division.

Parman said Helena Chemical chose Huntington because it was a good location for the company.

“This facility fit us from a geographic standpoint,” he said, adding that part of what makes this a good location is the access to the rail system.

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