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LSR was originally conceived in 2003 as a two-party venture between Cargill and Louisiana Sugar Growers and Refiners, an organization that represents more than 800 sugar growers throughout south and central Louisiana. Initially slated for St. John the Baptist Parish, the project was relocated to St. James Parish when Imperial Sugar Company was added as a full partner in the project in 2007.

  • Imperial's inclusion into the partnership served the added purpose of maintaining the legacy of Imperial's 110-year old Gramercy refinery by providing a guaranteed source of raw sugar and an investment mechanism for upgrading the Imperial refinery with new technologies and an improved infrastructure.

  • Construction on the new refinery and improvements to the old Imperial facility began in February 2010, with a projected 18-month construction timeline based on 600,000 work-hours to complete. Phased start-up of the new refinery began on January 1, 2011 with expectations for the refinery to be fully operational by January 2012.

  • Early operations of the refinery will combine equipment from existing operations and aspects of the new refinery. Final operations will include the new refinery and portions of the existing site such as Imperial utilities and raw sugar storage.

  • LSR represents a $190 million investment which includes $90 million in owner equity and $100 in revenue bonds issued by the State of Louisiana.

  • On December 15, 2011, Imperial Sugar Company sold its share in the joint venture to partners Cargill, Inc. and Sugar Growers and Refiners, Inc. (SUGAR). Cargill and SUGAR now each have a 50 percent interest in the million-ton-per-year sugar refinery.

Fully operational, LSR produces two billion pounds of raw white sugar annually for shipment by rail and truck in bulk, 50 pound and one ton totes. The refinery will continue to sell white sugar to Imperial for packaging and Imperial's own retail sales. LSR operates 24-hours per day, seven days each week.

Louisiana Sugar Refining, LLC
1230 South 5th Ave. (Physical)
P.O. Box 625 (Mailing)
Gramercy, LA 70052

Phone: 225-869-6990
Fax: 225-869-4371

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