A new BASF site in Freeport, Texas, will include a 160,000 t/yr ammonium sulfate crystallizer system at its caprolactam fertilizer plant as part of a joint project with American Plant Food Corp., in Galena, Texas.

Once completed, the crystallizer will refine high-quality ammonium sulfate, a by-product of the caprolactam manufacturing process and a key component in plant fertilizer sold by American Plant Food.

“BASF and American Plant Food have had a successful partnership for more than 45 year,” says Hermann Althoff, senior vice president of BASF’s Polyamide and Intermediates global business unit. BASF is headquartered in Florham Park, N.J.

Construction of the crystallizer system is expected to take six months to complete and will cost about $8 million. The project will employ 20 construction personnel and will create 30 jobs off-site for local companies.