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Ostara building fertilizer production facility in Missouri

Construction to be completed in 2023.

Ostara is building a new facility to produce its platform product, Crystal Green, a granular phosphate fertilizer, in the heart of the Corn Belt. Farmers are looking to increase yield and quality without negative environmental impact, and Crystal Green delivers both, according to the company. 

The new plant, which will be located in St. Louis, Missouri, will serve farmers with numerous logistical advantages.

“Ostara is excited to be bringing additional tons of Crystal Green to the market as demand has continually outpaced supply. The St. Louis facility is great news to North American farmers as we add needed tons to the market. Farmers really want a more efficient phosphate fertilizer option that feeds crops all season by avoiding nutrient loss through soil fixation, runoff and leaching, and that’s Crystal Green,” says Ron Restum, chief commercial officer at Ostara. “The timing couldn’t be better as the industry is looking for more locally produced fertilizers that avoid international supply chain issues. Additionally, the new plant will support much needed economic growth in the Midwest.”

Ostara announced purchasing the facility from Bruce Oakley, Inc. in 2021 with plans to construct a state-of-the-art granulation facility to produce Crystal Green phosphate fertilizers. The new production facility is a significant investment in the future for Ostara and will add over 40 jobs to the St. Louis market.

“St. Louis was the ideal location for this facility, not only due to the proximity to the market, but also the depth of talent in the community and full support of the entire Oakley team,” Restum adds. “We’ve already begun adding critical people to the team and openings are regularly posted to our website as we grow and construction progresses.”

The St. Louis facility will produce over 200,000 tons of Crystal Green fertilizers to be shipped throughout North America. With access to the railway, barge and trucks, retailers and farmers will gain seamless access to the latest innovation in phosphate fertility.

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