MICHIGAN CITY — A manufacturing business that has operated in Michigan City for nearly 70 years won’t be going away any time soon, and is planning a major update of its north side plant.

Shell Catalysts & Technologies, a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell, located on U.S. 12, focuses on providing innovative refinery, petrochemical and environmental catalyst solutions, according to Clarence Hulse, executive director of the Economic Development Corp. Michigan City.

The company has announced it plans to invest more than $20 million in its Michigan City plant to improve existing infrastructure and expand operations, Hulsle said. The capital investment plan was approved for a tax abatement by the Michigan City Common Council on Aug. 20.

The Michigan City plant opened in 1951 as an American Cyanamid site. It has been in operation for 68 years, and, with the approval of this abatement, will continue to operate successfully under SC&T for the foreseeable future, Hulse said.

“Shell is a leader in catalyst technology, commanding 15-30 percent of the global market,” he said. “Across the world, all molecules going into vehicles have a significant chance of touching material that came from Michigan City.”

Tax abatement approval will allow the company to make updates to the plant, improve reliability; and retain, and eventually expand its business in Michigan City, Hulse said. Updates will include upgrades, purchase and installation of machinery and equipment valued at more than $20 million.
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