A business Lazarus breaks ground in Eddyville

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Article By:  Ottumwa Courier   |   Matt Milner

 

EDDYVILLE — Thursday's groundbreaking in Eddyville was a long time coming. But it almost happened six years ago.

Harris and Ford, LLC., wanted to open a chlor-alkali plant and were within weeks of signing a deal to construct one in Iowa back in 2007. Then the markets collapsed and funding dried up. The project appeared dead.

Things were so bad that Joe Ford asked his co-founder Tim Harris whether the plant was ever really going to happen. Harris told him it would take a recovery on the scale of Lazarus rising from the dead.

Iowa, meet the business version of Lazarus.

HF Chlor-Alkali, LLC., will begin production in early 2015, the newest company to set up shop in what has become a thriving center for industrial innovation. Location, in this case, mattered. Harris and Ford has a long corporate relationship with Cargill, which will handle the new plant's water supply and wastewater treatment. Harris called the site a “closed loop” that works to both businesses' advantage.

 

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