GARNER, Iowa - A new ammonia plant will soon be under construction.
Greenfield Nitrogen of St. Ansgar is raising $120 million for the facility, which will be located on Welch Avenue between Highway 18 and 240th Street, across from the existing CF Industries Garner terminal.
The facility will hold up to 120,000 tons of ammonia annually, and will be able to sell and store about 66,000 tons. Once it is fully operational in 2020, it will employ 20 people, but while it's constructed, more that 200 people will be employed.
Lynn Smith is the owner of Smith's Hardware, and says that the prospect of new employment, both during construction and once the plant is in operation, will enhance his community.
"Any community or area is always looking for well paying jobs. The unemployment rate here is low, but it's full of lower service jobs, you need some better paying jobs too," Smith says.
Smith notes that while ammonia is a potentially hazardous product, he doesn't think it will pose a danger to the community.
"There's always a risk, but I'm sure they have excellent safety standards in place. They'd have to," Smith says.