The Indiana Department of Environmental Management has issued an air permit for Logansport-based Waelz Sustainable Products’ zinc recycling facility in Cass County. WSP says the permit, which was also reviewed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, will allow it to complete construction of and operate the $110 million facility.
WSP says the permit also signals the start of a major hiring push to fill the more than 60 jobs so the facility can begin operations later this year.
“This is strong proof that our facility is required to operate in accordance with requirements that are protective of human health and the environment and subject to appropriate oversight,” said Michael Englert, general manager of WSP. “Now we can turn to growing and training our team, so we are planning to host a job fair soon to start filling the 60 positions needed to run this state-of-the-art facility in its first phase of operations. We’re very much looking forward to getting up and running and demonstrating that WSP can contribute to the economic vitality of Cass County.”
WSP is a joint venture between Indianapolis-based Heritage Environmental Services and Zinc Nacional of Monterrey, Mexico. The company says when fully commercialized with a second kiln, the facility will employ more than 90 full-time staff to produce zinc oxide, a widely-used component in numerous applications, such as sun block, diaper rash cream, and cosmetics.
The project is expected to be operational in the third quarter of this year.