Chalmette Refinery History

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Refinery construction

August 1905

Construction of the Chalmette Refinery begins. Construction took nearly four years and required 20,000 tons of cement, 10,000 windows and five million bricks produced on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain.

1905
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Refinery

May 17, 1909

At 6:00 AM, the refinery began operations. When it opened, it produced 3 million pounds of sugar a day.

1909
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Raw sugar warehouse and train shed

Early 1950s

Raw sugar, which had previously been delivered to the refinery in 200-lb. burlap sacks, began to be delivered in bulk. Cranes were constructed to unload it, and a new raw sugar shed was built to store the bulk sugar.

1950
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Construction of raw sugar warehouse

1969-1972

Upgrades were made to improve capacity and energy efficiency. Our capacity and efficiency have only increased since then. We are the largest cane sugar refinery in the western hemisphere, producing more than 7 million pounds a day.

1969-1972
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Katrina Trailers

August 29, 2005

The Chalmette Refinery felt the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina. Much of the refinery was flooded and damaged, and many employees lost their homes. Despite these difficulties, we offered refuge to our community in this time of need. While employees were getting their lives back together, they were also determined to get the refinery restarted. In 98 days, the refinery was operating again, earning the refinery the moniker of the “Can Do Refinery”.

2005
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May 17, 2009

The refinery celebrates 100 years of operations.

2009
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Today

Today

Today, the Chalmette Refinery is the largest cane sugar refinery in the western hemisphere.

Today