A huge manufacturing facility will bring hundreds of new jobs to the Tri-State. Midwest Fertilizer Company is set to build a fertilizer manufacturing facility in Posey County.
More than 200 people sat in at the New Harmony Inn to hear updates from Midwest Fertilizer President & CEO, Mike Chorlton.
“We’re here to tell people about our progress and our project,” said Chorlton.
Midwest Fertilizer just signed the engineer, procure, and construct contract in January for over $2 billion.
“This is the ideal place to build a big nitrogen fertilizer plant,” said Chorlton.
The plant will bring 2,500 construction jobs to the county, along with 200 full time jobs once it’s open. The fertilizer project is expected to have a $30 billion impact on the community over the next 10 years.
“Most of the nitrogen fertilizer that is used here is imported from offshore,” said Chorlton. “And we can use locally produced, natural gas to produce competitively crossed nitrogen fertilizer and make it available to local growers.”
A $27 million bypass will be built to handle the nearly 40,000 fertilizer trucks that will enter and leave the facility each month. Midwest Fertilizer plans to hire as many people locally as possible, including graduates from Ivy Tech, USI, and UE.
“We’re a persistent company dedicated to this community,” said Chorlton. “We think we’re going to be great corporate citizens here and we’re just looking forward to get on and starting to built.”
Now that the EPC contract is signed, Midwest Fertilizer is working to finalize gas lines and funding.