VICKSBURG — Ergon Refining has announced a $147 million expansion of its operations at the Port of Vicksburg.
The Vicksburg Post reports the specialty oils refinery plans new buildings near the Bunge-Ergon ethanol plant and upgrades at its main refinery that will allow the company to process more diverse types of crude. The expansion would add about 50 jobs. The company now employs about 783.
Kevin Watson, Ergon’s attorney, says if completed, the new laboratories and research and development facilities would enable Ergon to refine more types of crude oil for chemical processes in which the company already specializes, such as for electrical transformers and tires.
Watson says the first phase, a new administrative building and the first lab, both near the ethanol plant, could start in October or November.