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The Scotts Miracle-Gro Co. is starting a manufacturing and distribution operation in Ascension Parish.

The company plans to have 25 full-time employees and 25 part-time workers during its peak operating season. Scotts is purchasing a 66,000-square-foot building in Geismar to handle the mixing, bagging and warehousing of its lawn and garden products.

Scotts says it plans to spend between $7 million and $10 million on the project.

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