Knowles honors Alaska exporters of the year

Posted: Tuesday, May 28, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Kenai fertilizer plant and an Anchorage manufacturer have been recognized by Gov. Tony Knowles as exporters of the year.

Agrium Kenai Nitrogen Operations was named 2001 Exporter of the Year last week. Anchorage manufacturer Dowland-Bach was named the Governor's Exporter of the Year for Small Businesses.

The Agrium Kenai Nitrogen Operations complex was constructed in 1968 and expanded in 1977. The complex is made up of two ammonia plants and two urea plants with combined annual production capacity of almost 2 million tons.

Agrium Kenai sells its products around the world and in an increasing number of markets, Knowles said. Since 1999, Alaska's fertilizer export market has grown from $113 million to almost $190 million.

Dowland-Bach was founded in 1975 and is Alaska owned and operated. Dowland-Bach has expertise in manufacturing North Slope well head control systems to make products for export markets.

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