Ron CrumPractice Lead - Industrial Site Selection CSRS, Inc.
An award winning, multidiscipline infrastructure engineering consulting firm headquartered in Baton Rouge, LA, CSRS leverages its core competencies in engineering and land planning to provide industrial and commercial clients, both foreign and domestic, with the full gamut of site selection services. From site identification to site qualification, our location strategists implement all facets of due diligence delivering optimal results for our clients. As a full-service firm, our services extend into the architectural, engineering and program management arenas allowing CSRS to assist our clients from project inception/planning to siting and into construction and startup.
Partnering with state and regional EDOs, CSRS focuses on enhancing the inventory of product (build-ready sites) through identification of quality sites and the design and implementation of a quality site certification program.
With additional offices in New Orleans and Lake Charles, LA and Dallas, TX, our team brings expertise in site selection, site due diligence, economic development strategy development, incentive negotiations, workforce analysis, permitting, site civil and geotechnical engineering, owner’s engineer representation, and program and grants management to all of our projects.
Geographic Areas Served:
US and Puerto Rico
- Energy (mid-stream and downstream)
- Renewable power (solar, wind, EV, etc.)
- Renewable/Low-Carbon Fuels (renewable diesel, green diesel, hydrogen, etc.)
- Food processing
- Site Selection
- Site Due Diligence (wetlands, archeological, geotechnical, infrastructure, utilities, etc.)
- Incentive negotiations
- Permitting (air, water, Corps of Engineers, building permits, etc.)
- Site Civil
- Owner’s Engineer
Areas of Expertise:
All aspects of site selection including but not limited to site identification, fatal flaw analysis, site certification, economic development impacts analysis, site due diligence, site civil, infrastructure analysis, logistics analysis, incentive negotiations, etc.
Development and implementation of an entire site certification program for a state EDO, local EDO, railway or electric utility.
22 years of focused projects in economic development and site selection including development of state-wide site certification programs. During his career, Ron worked for Borg-Warner, Dow, URS/AECOM, and most recently, CSRS (last 5-years).
Notable Past Clients (Partial, alpha order):
American Ethane ($3 billion ethane/ethylene cracker)
Avalon Rare Metals ($800 million rare earth metals refining facility, 13 rare earth metals produced)
Danos Offshore (Oil field repair and refurbishing facility)
AkzoNobel ($450 million paint plant)
Ethox ($50 million dioxide facility)
Etimine (FDI – Turkish, $800 million borax pentahydrate processing plant)
Eurochem (FDI – Russian, $2 billion fertilizer manufacturing facility)
Fund Energy (FDI – Chinese; to construct two $3.7B methanol plants)
Gron Renewable Fuels ($9 billion green diesel/low carbon fuels facility)
Halliburton (regional oil field service & repair facility)
Hanwha Chemicals (FDI – Korean, $1.5 billion ethylene/styrene facility)
HuaGuang Energy (FDI – Chinese; $6 billion LNG plant to ship LNG back to China)
IFFCO (FDI – Indian, $50 million pharmaceutical manufacturing)
LG Chemicals (FDI – S Korean, $4.5 billion ethane cracker and downstream units)
Nucor Steel ($1.2 billion pig iron plant)
OUCC (FDI – Taiwanese, Oriental Union Chemical Co.)
SABIC (FDI – Saudi Arabia; $10 billion ethane cracker)
Sasol (FDI – $21 billion, ethane cracker and gasification plant)
Shiva Pharmaceuticals (FDI – Indian, $125 million Pivaloyl Chloride plant)
SRIC (FDI – Chinese, State Resources Investment Corp, $800 million NGL export facility, LPG export facility, a PDH unit and a Polypropylene plant)
Teijin Chemical (FDI – Japanese, $800 million polycarbonate plant)
TransCanada (FDI – Pipeline and compressor stations)
US Marine Corps ($125 million IT Center)
Viking Cruise Lines (FDI – Swiss, $1.5 million for five docks along the southern Mississippi River)
Wanhua (FDI – Chinese, $1 billion Phase 1 TDI (toluene diisocyanate) plant)
Yuhuang (FDI – Chinese, $2.5 billion YCI Methanol plant)
Zeep ($1 billion South LA Methanol plant)
B.S, Mechanical Engineering from Louisiana State University with postgraduate studies in numerous fields from portfolio management and welding to art and real estate.
Ron has been an active member/committee member of numerous highly regarded national and regional industrial organizations for 25+ years.
He was a founding member of the Business Advisory Board of the local community college system (10+ years) and was on the LSU Civil/Environmental Engineering and Mechanical Engineering Boards (12 years.) Lastly, Ron was a founding member of the Educational Advisory Board for a major inner-city high school in Baton Rouge for 12-years.
Ron resides with his incredible wife and soul-mate of 40-years, Patti, in their home in Baton Rouge. They have two grown children. Ron’s hobbies include investing, reading, travel, and long-haul motorcycle riding with his grown son.