2 years after blast, Multi-Chem reopens in Maurice

MAURICE, La. (AP) — Two years after an explosion wrecked its New Iberia facility, a new Multi-Chem blend plant has opened in Maurice.

KATC-TV reports (http://bit.ly/17BvmNy ) the new facility is located on 64 acres, about half of which is green space, and includes offices, the blend plant and a field laboratory.

The explosion at Multi-Chem's New Iberia facility on June 14, 2011, forced a two-day evacuation of a one-mile radius around the facility's W. Admiral Doyle location. More than 60 residences and businesses were shuttered during that time. The plant blended chemicals for oilfield operations.

Multi-Chem is the fourth-largest provider of production chemicals in North America, delivering specialty chemicals, services and solutions that help oil and gas companies develop their resources. Halliburton, which acquired Multi-Chem in 2011, employs about 3,500 people in Louisiana.

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