MUNCIE — Representatives from Waelz Sustainable Products touted the creation of 90 jobs in Muncie and the stability of the two partnering companies while hearing concerns from residents about air quality, noise pollution and more.

About 30 people, including Muncie City Council members, attended Monday's meeting where WSP officials made a short presentation before answering questions. Part of that included company officials trying to separate the work that will be done in Muncie to a similar facility in Pennsylvania, one that received negative attention after an air quality test in the area of the plant.

WSP will be opening a new facility, which is set to break ground shortly, at the former Borg Warner site along Kilgore Avenue. There they will use two natural gas-fired kilns to produce zinc oxide and iron product from electric arc furnace dust, a process that has many residents concerned.

The facility is set to open by the end of next year.

The project is a joint venture between Heritage Environmental out of Indianapolis and Zinc Nacional out of Monterrey, Mexico.

A recap of the main points made by company officials and residents:

Jobs coming

Nigel Morrison, president of PIZO Technologies with Heritage Group started the meeting by talking timelines for the project and highlighting a lot of benefits of Waelz opening the plant in Muncie.

Positives included the addition of 90 direct jobs to the local economy and how both of the parent companies invest in their communities beyond that.
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