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New investment and jobs coming to Port Bienville

The Polychemie facility at Port Bienville Industrial Park in Hancock County makes water treatment products at its Hancock County plant that are shipped nationally and internationally. Candidates for supervisor say economic development and more jobs are priorities for the county.
The Polychemie facility at Port Bienville Industrial Park in Hancock County makes water treatment products at its Hancock County plant that are shipped nationally and internationally. Candidates for supervisor say economic development and more jobs are priorities for the county.

Major investment by two companies and new jobs are coming to Port Bienville Industrial Park in Hancock County.

Goodnight Terminal Services’ main warehouse facility recently was moved from Florida to Port Bienville, with an estimated investment of $200,000. Goodnight has 20 employees who break down bulk material and repackage it into smaller containers to be shipped by truck to customers throughout the United States and internationally. Company officials said the business relocated to Hancock County because of its prime location and other logistical assets.

Longtime Port Bienville tenant SNF Polychemie is investing $5 million in new facilities to produce Flosperse, a liquid solution used to inhibit scaling in water pipes. The expansion will add 10 jobs, increasing employment at the plant to 74 when the project is complete in early 2018.

Flosperse is marketed internationally to the desalination industry for use in the production of distilled water from sea water. It’s also used at water treatment plants to prevent scale deposits in boilers and oil production industries to keep scale from accumulating in pipes.

The company is adding two synthesis reactors, a tank farm and ancillary vessels for additives preparation and scrubbers.

Plant manager Jim Bishop said the project will bring opportunities in construction, asset procurement, raw material acquisition and transportation to the local community.

SNF Polychemie is the world’s leading manufacturer of water-soluble polymers. It is owned by Rene Pich, who started the business 25 years ago with two friends in his garage in France. The company has 10 locations in the U.S. and eight others around the world. Its 5,000 employees make more than 1,000 products used in industries and everyday products such as cosmetics, food and beverages.

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