The Mosaic Co. announced it will close its idled Plant City phosphates manufacturing facility in Hillsborough County, Florida.

The small team of Mosaic employees currently responsible for care and maintenance activities will remain on site to manage closure and compliance responsibilities over the next several years.

Operational since 1975, Plant City produced approximately 1.3 million metric tons (mt) of finished phosphates in 2017, its last year of operation. The plant was idled in late 2017 because it was one of the higher cost phosphates facilities in Mosaic’s Florida operations and due to global phosphate market conditions.