Over the last 50 years, we have grown from a small family run construction business into one of Egypt's largest corporations with projects and investments across Europe, the Americas, Asia, the Middle East and North Africa. We directly employ more than 80,000 people. Working together with our employees, business partners, clients and customers, we are helping to build the future in developing countries around the world.
Our fertilizer group is a strategic investor, producer, and distributor of nitrogen fertilizers. We hold investments in facilities in Egypt, the Netherlands, and the United States, with a fertilizer plant under construction in Algeria, and a proposed Greenfield facility under development in Brazil. We also have an international distribution platform spanning from the Americas to Asia, and a minority investment in a fertilizer business in Nigeria.
Our construction group ranks among the world's top global contractors and operates under three distinct and separate brands. Orascom Construction targets large industrial and infrastructure projects principally in the Middle East and North Africa. The BESIX Group undertakes major commercial, industrial and infrastructure projects throughout Europe, northern and central Africa and the Middle East. Contrack International pursues institutional projects in the Middle East and Central Asia.
To complement our construction businesses, we also have investments in manufacturers of fabricated steel products, glass curtain walling, paints and concrete pipes, as well as investments in two facilities management companies.