The Lincoln Economic Development Corporation held their annual meeting today (Friday) at the Santa’s Lodge in Santa Claus, and with it, some great economic news for the Spencer County and surrounding area.
One of the Keynote speakers was Doug Wilson of Ohio Valley Resources. OVR is the company that is bringing a nitrogen fertilizer plant on 150 acres in Spencer County.
Wilson brought with him to the luncheon meeting, his team of experts and colleagues that will bring the plant to fruition beginning with the breaking of ground on the $952 million dollar facility.
The construction will take 3 years and will employ 1,200 workers throughout the construction of the plant.
Once completed the plant will employ just under 100 permanent workers and will be located in southern Spencer County, just north of Rockport. The site was chosen due to its close proximity to major transportation arteries including highway (U.S. 231), the Ohio River, and railway infrastructure.
An air permit was applied for through the Indiana Department of Environmental Management in September of 2012. A public hearing on the permit was held in Spencer County in May 2013 and the permit was granted in September of 2013.
When asked about the start of construction Wilson said, “We’re hopeful when this weather breaks. We anticipate ramping up soon.”
He says the plant will have a 200-mile radius economic impact.
Wilson lives in Wayne County, Illinois, but is no stranger to the area. He owns a hog market in Huntingburg – Wilson Livestock.