Taminco Corp. and Balchem Corp. will build and operate a choline chloride facility in St. Gabriel, where both companies operate existing production facilities.

Balchem will contribute its current St. Gabriel choline chloride production assets to the joint venture. Both companies will invest an undisclosed amount to expand the facility into a world-scale production unit. The facility is expected to begin operating in 2015. Choline chloride is commonly used in food products, as well as clay stabilizer in oil and gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing.

Taminco, based in Allentown, Pa., has seven production plants in the United States, Europe and Asia. The company has about 850 employees.

Balchem, based in New Hampton, N.Y., provides specialty-packaged chemicals used in health care, animal nutrition and other industries. The company has seven production facilities in the United States.