The Southwestern fertilizers maker said on Tuesday that it will stop producing winter and fall fertilizers for Southwestern Foods in Southwestern Washington state, leaving the company with fewer than 30,000 tons of fertilizers and the loss of more than $30 million.
Southwestern, based in Wichita, Kansas, said in a statement that the move will affect about 2,400 jobs in the Washington state manufacturing industry.
Southwest announced the closure of its Wichita plant in August as it began transitioning to an alternative fertilizers supply chain.
The company said it will be able to return some of its products to markets where it is already in production.
The announcement comes on the heels of Southwestern announcing last week that it was closing a plant in Arizona, a move that had been widely expected.
The Arizona plant had been producing fertilizers that were used to fertilize farms in the state.
SouthWest said it expects to have about 1,000 employees by the end of 2018.
SouthWestern is one of the largest fertilizer makers in the United States, with plants in the U.S. and Canada.
The Southwest plant was one of two plants in Arizona that had to be shut down due to problems with a new product.
SouthEast, another Southwestern plant in Tucson, Arizona, has been producing fertilizer for several years and had a production capacity of about 10,000 gallons per day.
SouthEastern is one the largest fertilizers manufacturers in the country and has a plant and facility in SouthEast Ohio that has about 11,000 to 13,000 gal.
per day of fertilizer.
SouthPacific, another fertilizer manufacturer in SouthPacific is located in Chicago, Illinois, and the plant produces about 10 million gal.
of fertilizer annually.
The plants have a production capability of about 30,00 gal. a day.