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Occidental Chemical Corp. today announced it completed a $49.5 million installation of a hydrochloric acid unit to its Niagara Falls chemical manufacturing facility.

The new unit will be used to produce and house the hydrochloric acid needed for products made in OxyChem’s preexisting factory. OxyChem will also sell the hydrochloric acid to third-party customers in the northeastern United States and in Canada.

“The unit is a significant investment in Niagara Falls,” said Herb Jones, plant manager of the OxyChem’s Niagara Falls location.

Hydrochloric acid is used in petroleum production, ore reduction and food processing and as a general cleansing agent for metals.

OxyChem, a subsidiary of Occidental Petroleum Corp., manufactures and markets chemicals that are used in water treatment, paper production, pharmaceuticals, construction, automobile manufacturing, soaps and disinfection products, among others.