Port Neal Nitrogen Complex

Manufacturing Site

  • CF Industries’ Port Neal Nitrogen Complex is located on 1,700 acres in the Port Neal Industrial Complex along the Missouri River, approximately 15 miles south of Sioux City, Iowa, in the heart of the U.S. Corn Belt
  • Site of an approximately $2 billion capacity expansion project with expected completion in 2016

Annual Capacity

  • Up to 850,000 tons of nitrogen products for agricultural and industrial use

Finished Products

  • Anhydrous ammonia
  • Urea liquor
  • Urea ammonium nitrate (UAN) solutions
  • Diesel exhaust fluid (DEF)
  • Granular urea (planned for 2016)

Transportation Modes

  • Pipeline
  • Rail
  • Truck


  • Approximately 250 permanent employees
  • In addition, the company’s expansion project will create more than 4,000 construction jobs at peak and an estimated 700 jobs in related industries

Expansion Project

  • $2 billion capacity expansion project announced in 2012 and on track for completion in 2016
  • Largest economic development project in Iowa history
  • Takes advantage of proximity to abundant natural gas (the primary feedstock for nitrogen production) and a skilled local workforce
  • Triples the complex’s ammonia production and enables production of granular urea
  • Contributes to a more assured supply of nitrogen fertilizer for American farmers
  • Source of long-term direct and indirect positive economic impact to the Siouxland region


Chad Kerr

Employee Spotlight: Chad Kerr

As a second generation employee of the Port Neal Nitrogen Complex, Chad Kerr has enjoyed “monumental” opportunities.

Click here to read his story.

A long association with the Port Neal Nitrogen Complex has culminated in the opportunity of a lifetime for Chad Kerr. The relationship began in Chad’s childhood as he grew up in a family supported by his father Pete’s work in the facility’s maintenance department. It continued through his college years when he spent summers performing various maintenance tasks as part of Port Neal’s college summer work program. When a full-time position opened up at the complex shortly after his college graduation, Chad jumped at the opportunity, becoming an Operator Trainee in June of 2006.

By 2012, Chad had risen through the ranks to the position of Upgrade Plant Shift Supervisor. In November of that year, CF Industries announced a three-year project to expand the Port Neal complex, tripling the facility’s production capacity. By the following November, Chad had been recruited to join the expansion project team. In this capacity, he works with the Operations Preparedness team on urea plant layout, process design and operator training, as well as working to satisfy the operations-specific Process Safety Management requirements of the plant.

“I was born and raised in Sergeant Bluff, and jobs at Port Neal were always very sought after,” notes Chad. “When I worked here as a college student, management was always flexible with my schedule and generally fantastic to work for. Many of those managers remain with the company today.

“I can’t think of another employer so close to home that could provide me with as good a living, the excellent benefits the company offers and the opportunities that have come my way,” Chad continues. “With this expansion project, I’m thrilled to play a part in building, from the ground up, a world-class nitrogen fertilizer manufacturing facility and to help lay the groundwork for an operations culture that will exist for years to come. For me, it’s just monumental.”

As a premier employer in the Siouxland area, CF Industries employees enjoy:

  • Competitive wages
  • Comprehensive benefits package that includes:
  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • 401(k)
  • Pension
  • Company-provided short- and long-term disability
  • Life insurance and tuition reimbursement
  • On-the-job training
  • Excellent opportunities for advancement

To explore open positions, please visit our Careers page. In the Search Criteria form select “United States”, “Iowa” and “Sgt. Bluff” to find Port Neal openings.

Commitment to Environmental Health and Safety

  • Safety and the well-being of employees and communities is CF Industries’ highest priority. This is expressed daily in the company’s culture, training and awareness.
  • Port Neal complex employees have achieved more than six years without a lost-time injury. Employees undergo safety training, conduct safety and environmental audits and work closely with local emergency responders.
  • Environmental stewardship is also a high priority—both on site and in the transport and use of products. CF Industries has committed significant resources to minimize emissions.
  • The fertilizer manufacturing industry is highly regulated. We understand and welcome this oversight, and operate in strict compliance with environmental permits and regulations.

Community Involvement

At the Port Neal complex, we consider Siouxland our extended family and support a number of nonprofit organizations through both volunteerism and charitable giving, including:

  • United Way of Siouxland
  • Future Farmers of America
  • Little League
  • Science fairs
  • Toys for Tots
  • Siouxland Habitat for Humanity
  • Ronald McDonald House
  • Environmental conservation groups
  • Local chambers of commerce and other business organizations, including the Grow Siouxland Task Force and Agribusiness Association of Iowa



Media Inquiries

Job Inquiries

  • CF Industries permanent employment: Visit our Careers page. In the Search Criteria form select “United States”, “Iowa” and “Sgt. Bluff” to find Port Neal openings.
  • Expansion project work as direct hire of general contractor Performance Contractors Inc.: Learn about openings by calling Performance's recruitment center at 2480 Port Neal Drive in Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, at 712-823-1095. Complete an online application on Performance's website.
  • Subcontractors seeking work on the expansion project: Send email to portnealinquiries@performance-contractors.com.

Community Support Inquiries

General Mailing Address

CF Industries
Port Neal Nitrogen Complex
1182 260th Street
Sergeant Bluff, IA 51054