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