|The Olin St. Gabriel plant was established in 1970 along the banks of the Mississippi River. The plant sits on approximately 300 acres. The location gives the plant easy access to the Midwest and to chemical manufacturing complexes along the lower Mississippi River. With the completion of a new facility in 2009, St. Gabriel has become one of the most modern membrane cell facilities in North America.
||4205 Highway 75
St. Gabriel, Louisiana 70776
||About 12 miles from the state capital, Baton Rouge
||Over 100 employees
Over 50 contractors
, Sulfuric Acid
|Product End Uses:
||Pulp and paper, textiles, pharmaceuticals, food processing, and semiconductors
|Annual Local Expenditures:
|Annual Local Taxes||$725,000
Located on the Mississippi River next to the quiet town of St. Gabriel, the Olin plant began operations in 1970. In August 2007, the St. Gabriel plant became part of the Olin family. The addition of the St. Gabriel plant provided the company with pipeline access to the largest non-integrated chlorine-consuming complex in North America, and that is a big benefit to the local economy.
We contribute to the local economy
More than 100 full-time employees come to work at the Olin St. Gabriel plant every day. Olin spends about $33 million a year with local businesses, purchasing goods and services that support local jobs. Olin also pays over a half million dollars in annual taxes—taxes that go to schools, to community services and development and to those in need. In the end, however, it’s people that make the difference.
We’re responsible to the community
As a corporate neighbor, it’s important that we add value to life in St. Gabriel. Adding value means giving of ourselves to charitable and worthwhile efforts in the community, whether it’s creating them or contributing to them. One of our most important efforts includes our support of local education and the community’s schools. Besides our efforts with community schools, some employees work with the volunteer fire department and rescue organizations in the local area responding to emergencies. Olin contributes to other charitable organizations like the United Way and the American Red Cross, particularly after Hurricane Katrina. We continue to encourage our people to volunteer their time and their efforts to this and other worthwhile and caring organizations.
St. Gabriel is a great place to live
Founded by the Acadians in the 1700s, St. Gabriel is a place where one can enjoy comfortable, country-style living. The city is just 12 miles southeast of the thriving capital city of Baton Rouge and only 70 short miles from the home of the nation’s Mardi Gras, New Orleans. Hence, the city’s motto, “No matter where you’re going, you can get there from St. Gabriel.” Located on the east side of the Mississippi River, St. Gabriel’s population is around 6,700 people.
Just 12 miles up the road is the city of Baton Rouge, home to exceptional Creole and Cajun cuisine. Baton Rouge’s rich, cultural traditions are reflected in its music, zydeco, blues and Cajun, and its unique attractions like the stately plantation homes, the ancient Indian mounds, the legendary riverfront and the fascinating Arts & Science Center, where you can fly a simulated space mission.
Safety is one of our most important products
One of our main goals at the Olin St. Gabriel plant is a safe working and living environment for our people and their families and our neighbors. Olin takes precautions to ensure that no employee or community resident is ever put at risk.
The St. Gabriel plant operates with membrane-cell technology that went online at the end of 2009. This state-of-the-art facility features some of the most energy efficient and environmentally friendly technologies in North America.
In addition to the new facility, the St. Gabriel plant invested nearly $2 million from 2009 to 2011 in improvements, including the addition of emission reduction equipment and technology upgrades as well as scheduled machine and equipment maintenance.
We’ve been awarded for our efforts
The St. Gabriel plant has received a number of major environmental and safety awards. In 2011, the plant received the Chlorine Institute's highest honor, the Chairman's Safety Excellence Award. The site also received the Chlorine Institute's Award for Excellence in Process Safety in 2010.
Olin St. Gabriel was one of the top four finalists for the Louisiana Chemical Association Safety Awards for 2010, including Small Plant - Best in Louisiana and Small Plant - Most Improved Safety Performance. The plant also won the Olin Chlor Alkali Products 2011 President's Process Safety and Environmental Award and the 2011 President's Safety Award.
Olin St. Gabriel is an OSHA VPP Star site, a designation that is awarded for excellence in putting employee safety and health first. The plant was the first OSHA Star site in Louisiana, and it has remained a Star site for more than 25 years.
The site is RC 14001:2008 and ISO 9001:2008 certified. As an American Chemistry Council member company, we pledge to improve environmental, health, safety and security performance for our facility, processes and products through the RC14001:2008 standard for responsible care. We manage the quality of our products through ISO 9001:2008 to meet regulatory requirements, enhance customer satisfaction, and continually improve our performance.