- Associated Press - Monday, November 19, 2018

CONVENT, La. (AP) - Chinese chemical giant Wanhua has selected a Louisiana location for a $1.25 billion chemical manufacturing complex.

The governor’s office announced that Wanhua Chemical selected Convent in St. James Parish for the complex. The firm said the project will create 170 new direct jobs.

State officials said in a Friday news release that Wanhua will begin construction on the project in 2019, and will put the complex into operation in 2021. The project is expected to create 1,000 construction jobs at peak activity.

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