Groundbreaking Set for Largest Sugar Refinery in U.S.

Construction officially gets under way Feb. 3 in Gramercy, La., on what will become one of the largest capacity sugar refineries in the United States.  The new million-ton-per-year sugar refinery is expected to bring more than 500 construction jobs as well as renew plant jobs in the Gramercy area. The sugar refinery will be built, owned and operated by Louisiana Sugar Refining, LLC, a joint venture among Sugar Growers and Refiners Inc., Cargill Inc. and Imperial Sugar Co. Sugar Growers and Refiners is a Louisiana cooperative representing eight sugar cane mills and more than 700 sugar growers in Louisiana. Cargill is an international producer and marketer of food, agricultural, financial and industrial products and services, and Imperial Sugar, operator of the current sugar refinery at Gramercy, is America’s second largest sugar producer.

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