Spencer Co. not alone in race for billion dollar fertilizer plan - Tri-State News, Weather & Sports

Spencer Co. not alone in race for billion dollar fertilizer plant

OVR says after a site is picked, it hopes to complete the project in 2016. OVR says after a site is picked, it hopes to complete the project in 2016.

There's new information on plans for a billion dollar nitrogen fertilizer plant coming to the Tri-State. 

Wednesday, we reported that Ohio Valley Resources applied for an air permit to build the plant near Rockport in Spencer County, but other communities may also be in the running and Owensboro is one of them.

More than 15 years ago, AK Steel decided to build it's new plant in Rockport, but many say it was an economic win for both sides of the Ohio.

"AK steel was certainly a win for us when it came to Spencer County," said President and CEO of the Greater Owensboro Economic Development Corporation Nick Brake.

Whether a proposed nitrogen fertilizer plant is built in Indiana, or across the big Blue Bridge in Kentucky, the potential for new jobs is exciting those in the Tri-State.

Wednesday, Ohio Valley Resources announced it's application for an air permit to build the facility on this plot of land in Spencer County.

But Owensboro, a city that's no stranger to new development, says it's still in the running and wants to win the billion dollar project.

"Obviously we're going to do everything we can to make it work in Kentucky, because that's where we are and that's where we live," Brake said.

Brake says with recent construction of Smothers Park, the new hospital, and a hotel and convention center is signaling a new era for Kentucky's third largest city.

"The construction impact has been great for our community,"  said Brake.

And with the potential for 1,200 construction jobs and 80 full-time positions, he says he's just happy to have the plant here in the tri-state.

"We're satisfied that this project is in this region and we feel like there's going to be a great benefit to all of us."

But brake says a plant this big, would bring families and spur new business in the area where it's built.

No word on when a final announcement could be made.

Related stories:

Copyright 2012 WFIE. All rights reserved.

  • LOCALMore>>

  • Sunday alcohol sales nearing reality

    Sunday alcohol sales nearing reality

    Monday, January 22 2018 7:51 PM EST2018-01-23 00:51:26 GMT
    (WFIE file)(WFIE file)

    Buying alcohol on Sunday's in Indiana is a step closer to reality.

    More >>

    Buying alcohol on Sunday's in Indiana is a step closer to reality.

    More >>
  • Mt. Vernon Police issue arrest warrant for suspect in Saturday shooting

    Mt. Vernon Police issue arrest warrant for suspect in Saturday shooting

    Monday, January 22 2018 7:33 PM EST2018-01-23 00:33:48 GMT
    (Raycom Image)(Raycom Image)

    Through investigation, police issued an arrest warrant for Kyle Butler for two counts of attempted murder, battery by means of a deadly weapon, battery resulting in serious bodily injury, and criminal recklessness.

    More >>

    Through investigation, police issued an arrest warrant for Kyle Butler for two counts of attempted murder, battery by means of a deadly weapon, battery resulting in serious bodily injury, and criminal recklessness.

    More >>
  • Residents working to try and save Newburgh Community Pool

    Residents working to try and save Newburgh Community Pool

    Monday, January 22 2018 7:32 PM EST2018-01-23 00:32:56 GMT
    (WFIE)(WFIE)

    A lot of public pools around the Tri-State are closed right now for the winter season. On Friday, the Newburgh Town Council made an announcement that the Newburgh Community Pool will not be reopening - partly due to revenue. Now lots of people in the area, who frequently visited the pool say something has to be done. 

    More >>

    A lot of public pools around the Tri-State are closed right now for the winter season. On Friday, the Newburgh Town Council made an announcement that the Newburgh Community Pool will not be reopening - partly due to revenue. Now lots of people in the area, who frequently visited the pool say something has to be done. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly