Waelz Sustainable Products (WSP) is excited to announce our proposal to partner with Cass County and the State of Indiana to build a new, state-of-the-art zinc recycling facility in the Cass County Agri Business Park west of Logansport. Our initial $75 million investment will create 60 good-paying jobs and be a catalyst for economic development in the surrounding area. A second phase to the WSP project promises to add up to an additional 30 jobs and $35 million investment.

Like anyone moving into a new community, we are eager to introduce ourselves. WSP is a partnership between Indianapolis-based Heritage Environmental Services and Zinc Nacional, both fourth-generation family-owned businesses. Our companies have a long history of operating safe, efficient and sustainable businesses which include Zinc Nacional’s nearly seven decades of expertise in producing zinc oxide from mine ore and steel mill byproducts. Zinc oxide is an important ingredient in many consumer products familiar to Cass County residents, including sun block, diaper rash cream, cosmetics, dietary supplements, and agricultural products like animal feed to name a few.

We are excited to build our new state-of-the-art facility, meet and hire Cass County residents, and begin generating tax revenues for Cass County and the State of Indiana. It is our plan for the Cass County facility to be the first phase of what will become a larger, continued investment in this area. Over the long term, Heritage Environmental’s expansion plan will create upwards of 200 additional local jobs, which we are committed to work in partnership with Cass County and local workforce entities to hire local residents.

We are confident that our businesses will succeed in Cass County, and create value for the County and State, as well as for WSP customers and partners. During our discussions with the Cass County Redevelopment Commission over the past several months, it became clear that this community has the talent and industrial capabilities we need to build a strong, safe operation. We look forward to continuing our proven track record of integrating into the fabric of great communities. We had the pleasure of hosting several Cass County community leaders at Zinc Nacional’s Steel Dust Recycling facility in Millport, Alabama. They witnessed first-hand the ways we partner with the communities in which we operate to build long-term, mutually beneficial relationships.

Providing a safe and environmentally compliant workplace is a top priority for the WSP employees and the communities in which we operate. We will build a state-of-the-art facility that not only meets but exceeds the stringent federal and state regulatory standards that ensure the protection of human health and the environment. We don’t cut corners when it comes to safety or sustainability.

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) will review WSP’s air permit application to ensure the proposed facility meets the rigorous standards required by Federal and state regulations to protect human health and the environment and ensure operational safety for employees. We are proud of our dedication to environmental stewardship and look forward to continuing to work with regulators to promote the principles of sustainable development and further the goals under applicable environmental laws to conserve and recover valuable resources rather than wasteful placement in a landfill.

WSP is excited about the opportunities we can provide to Cass County, and we look forward to forging a new and lasting relationship in our home state. For more information, please visit www.wspcasscounty.com

Nigel Morrison is the director of Waelz Sustainable Products.

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