Jul 22, 2021
1,4GROUP looking at expanding to Louisiana

1,4GROUP, a producer of potato sprout-inhibiting products, is looking at expanding to Louisiana in the way of a new $35 million chemical processing plant.

The company is based in Meridian, Idaho, and was founded in 1992. It has grown into a global provider of potato storage dormancy and sprout-inhibiting chemicals, as well as insect repellants.

“We are interested in Louisiana because it offers a readily available supply of raw materials, a highly skilled workforce and multiple seaports,” 1,4GROUP Chairman John Forsythe said through a Baton Rouge Area Chamber press release. “Our passion is to help feed the earth’s growing population well into the future with the use of naturally occurring biochemicals. Nearly a third of the food grown today is lost between the field and the plate. One of our products significantly reduces the loss of potatoes in storage, and the other is a high-performing insect repellent from plant oils. This state-of-the-art production facility would provide these biochemical solutions globally.”

The proposed processing facility would create 34 direct jobs with an average salary of $68,619, plus benefits.


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