The Ottumwa Courier

August 18, 2013

Groundbreaking Thursday for new Eddyville plant

By MATT MILNER
Courier staff writer

---- — EDDYVILLE — Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds will make two stops in southeast Iowa on Thursday, including one for the groundbreaking of a new business in Eddyville.

Branstad will visit Wells Manufacturing in Centerville at 11:45 a.m. Thursday, followed by an early afternoon stop in Eddyville. At Eddyville, the focus will be on the groundbreaking for HF Chlor-Alkali, LLC, a new addition to the Cargill complex.

The site is a favorite for Branstad in southeast Iowa. He attended the 20th anniversary of Ajinomoto at Eddyville earlier this summer.

HF Chlor-Alkali is a newly formed affiliate of Harris & Ford, LLC. The new plant, which will occupy a 29-acre space, will make caustic soda, muriatic acid and bleach. All have widespread industrial applications. Harris & Ford expects the plant to take close to 18 months to construct, with the first production expected in early 2015.

Production is a new approach for Harris & Ford, which has distribution sales of $250 million per year. The company's traditional focus is on distribution of chemicals, food, and pharmaceutical and cosmetic ingredients.

Setting up in Eddyville allows the plant to receive water from and have wastewater treated by Cargill.

Tim Harris, who will serve as manager of HF Chlor-Alkali, called the new plant “a major expansion in scope.”

“We couldn't ask for a more respected company than Cargill to help us take this step,” he said in a release announcing the plant's construction.

The plant is expected to add at least 25 jobs in Eddyville and support nearly 750 across the state.