World-class fertilizer plant opens in Iowa
The Iowa Fertilizer Company marks the first day of production at its new fertilizer plant, Wednesday.
Site Operations Director Darrell Allman says this has been a long time coming.
"We are here to finally celebrate the grand opening. We are in production, shipping and selling product today."
The Iowa Fertilizer Company believes this plant will provide lots of resources.
"Typical crop nutrients made for farmers, anhydrous ammonium, urea, urea ammonium nitrate solutions, but as I mentioned in the ceremony also a non agricultural product we'll produce is diesel exhaust fluid."
It took five years to get this plant finished.
A few incidents over the last year set back the opening quite a ways.
"Just a lot of changes building a site this big and complex. We wanted to make sure we took our time, do it right, do it safe."
But now the plant is up and running at full force.
"Just glad to have product going out in the market and just a lot of people put a lot of hard work into it and it's finally reaching the prize. It's a great felling."
The Iowa fertilizer Company hired 3,500 just to build it and now they have a staff of 200 full-time employees.
There were so many people hired plant officials say the Lee County unemployment rate dropped from eight percent down to five point three percent.
More indirect employment positions will be created in the future.