WHITE CO., Ind. (WLFI) – It has been almost a year since construction began on the Magnetation plant in White County. Although the winter was rough, plant manager Terry Nanti said progress is going better than expected.
“We’ve lost some time no doubt, due to storms, due to rain, but overall the project is on track,” said Nanti.
However, not every project is on schedule. The plant will receive water and sewage service from the town of Reynolds. White County Commissioners President John Heimlich said winter has caused the million dollar project to fall behind, but crews are working to complete on time.
“They should be able to catch up and be substantially complete by the end of April,” said Heimlich.
Nanti said the overall project is set to be complete by late fall or early winter, but said they are aiming for a more ambitious goal.
“Our target date is to be the fastest one ever constructed. So, we have a very aggressive internal target that we’re very close to,” said Nanti.
Nanti believes that the plant will have an overall positive affect on the area’s economy, but said there’s one thing in White County that won’t be affected by the facility.
“We have the lowest carbon footprint of any iron ore producer in North America. The best pollution control technology out there,” said Nanti.
As the plant gets closer to completion, there are still about 30 jobs to be filled. Nanti said the jobs have average salary of $60,000 per year. Although some of the positions require skill, he encourages anyone interested to apply.
“Our philosophy is that we can teach people to do the work, but we can’t teach people how to work well together. So, we’re as interested in personality as we are in skill,” said Nanti.
People interested in applying for a job at the Magnetation plant will soon have the chance. Open interviews will be held April 1 and 2, from 11 a.m to 3 p.m., at the Work One Office in Monticello.