Koch Fertilizer to expand North American production, distribution

Koch Fertilizer has hired engineering firm Black & Veatch to develop projects to boost North American fertilizer production and distribution.

The company expects to increase production by more than 2 million tons a year, an expansion of 15 percent from its present capacity of 13 million tons per year.

The first projects will be upgrades at Koch nitrogen-fertilizer plants at Fort Dodge, Iowa; Dodge City, Kan.; Beatrice, Neb.; Enid, Okla. and Brandon, Manitoba.

The move is being driven by long-term growth in the demand for crops, said Steve Packebush, president of Koch Fertilizer.

Koch Fertilizer is also adding an ammonia terminal in Conway, Kan., a dry and liquid fertilizer terminal in Stockton, Calif., and various other liquid and dry storage projects across the U.S. and Canada. The company has more than 60 terminals in North America, which move ammonia, urea, liquid fertilizer, phosphate, potash, and sulfur-based products.

Koch Industries is the world’s third-largest maker and marketer of fertilizer.