Groundbreaking Could Come Soon For Muncie Facility

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Demolition of the former BorgWarner site has been underway for several months. (photo courtesy of Dan McGowan) Demolition of the former BorgWarner site has been underway for several months. (photo courtesy of Dan McGowan)

Construction on a $75 million project at the former BorgWarner site in Muncie could begin soon. The Star Press reports Waelz Sustainable Products LLP could break ground on the 30-acre kiln facility in July or August. 

WSP is a joint venture between Indianapolis-based Heritage Environmental and Zinc Nacional in Mexico and officials updated the Muncie City Council on the progress of the project this week, according to the publication. Plans for the effort were first announced in January.

The project is expected to create up to 90 jobs over the next several years. WSP plans to open the facility, which will be used to produce zinc oxide from steel mill byproducts, in late 2020. 

The kiln facility is the first phase of a larger development and Todd Donati, director of the Muncie Redevelopment Commission, told the council WSP wants to speed up its timeline, beginning the second phase soon after the first phase is completed. The effort would result in the entire project being complete by 2025, according to the Star Press

The Muncie City Council is set to vote on an incentive package in July. The Indiana Economic Development Corp. has already offered WSP up to $5 million in incentives. 

You can read more about the project from the Star Press by clicking here.

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