Fulton Grant Funds Development

9 years 9 months 1 week ago April 13, 2007 Apr 13, 2007 Friday, April 13 2007 Friday, April 13, 2007 10:57:09 AM CDT in News
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources awarded Fulton $38,000. The money will get three sites ready for community and economic development. For one Fulton company, big is an understatement.

"It's a pretty big project. It's a pretty big undertaking and we're really excited about the project," said Boyd Ware, President of Central Missouri Energy.

The mayor of Fulton received a check today while visiting the site of the old Harbison-Walker brick plant, one of the sites to be developed. This and the other two sites have possible environmental problems.

"We're helping them get an idea of issues, if there are any, and we can help them and move towards clean up, and redevelop," said Jim Gilstrap, project development specialist.

The 12-acre brick plant operates on at minimal level. But Central Missouri Energy has a plan for the site. If approved, the land will house a bio-diesel plant. It will produce 10 million gallons of biodiesel a year and create 20 new jobs for the city of Fulton. Such a plant might cost seven million private dollars.

"The building size that's going to be back there is probably going to be in the neighborhood of around a 20,000 square foot building. There's going to be a lot of tanks. It's going to, it is, look like a chemical factory in a sense because we are producing a fuel there, an alternate, alternative fuel to biodiesel," Ware said.

Alternative fuel that will use local restaurant greases and virgin oils. Review of the two other sites will be paid for by the grant, too. One of the other two sites is likely to be a fire station. The use of the other site has not yet been determined.

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