While the fate of a cement plant proposed for the site remains to be decided, the local subsidiary of Titan America is looking to build a packaging facility there in the meantime.
Carolinas Cement Company announced Friday it has submitted an application with New Hanover County for a building permit to construct a $5 million facility for packaging of cement already stored and handled on-site.
The facility would add to an existing storage and handling terminal owned and operated by Roanoke Cement Company, another subsidiary of Titan, on the site of the former Ideal Cement plant in Castle Hayne, where Titan is planning to build a new cement plant.
That project, which was awarded a revised air quality permit from the N.C. Division of Air Quality last year, remains in the design and permitting process and would ultimately require approval from the county by way of a special-use permit. The packaging facility, the company said, is already allowed under the air quality permit and therefore would not need a special-use permit.
“The new bagging facility will enable Roanoke Cement to package the cement it stores and handles on-site for distribution to customers throughout the southeast,” Carolinas Cement said in a release. “The facility is planned as a simple packaging operation that will not include any type of manufacturing or processing.”
The release states the terminal at the Castle Hayne site has been operating since the 1990s. The packaging facility would create 10 construction jobs and two permanent jobs in addition to the $5 million investment, according to the release.
The release quotes Bob Odom, general manager for Carolinas Cement, who said the packaging facility would be a low-impact, “environmentally friendly investment in New Hanover County.”
“The demand for cement is growing as the economy strengthens,” Odom said, “and this use of our existing property is a smart way to create jobs and move forward on this project.”
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