State and local leaders met Thursday for the ceremonial groundbreaking on a new plant in rural Iowa.
The Harris and Ford Company and Cargill have partnered to build the new chlor-alkali plant. It will take up 29 acres of land and is expected to create 25 new jobs in Eddyville and close to 750 indirect jobs across the state.
The facility will serve as a salt conversion plant for industrial applications.
The owners say they chose Iowa because doing business in the state is more affordable.
“The biggest cost is going to be energy. With MidAmerican electric, their rates made it conducive to do business in Iowa and not any other Midwestern state,” says Tim Harris, President of President of Harris and Ford.
Construction on the plant should last 18 months and production is expected to begin in early 2015.