Special to SEGAZINE
Groundwork for a new Southern Ionics mineral sand separation plant in Offerman will begin this month, with hiring to potentially begin later this year.
Initial development stages will begin next week with clearing and site grading, says David Settles, project manager. The plant will be located at the southwest corner of U.S. Highway 84 and its intersection with Zero Bay Road, just northeast of the town.
“We are pushing to complete our plant design early this year and remain several months away from initiating building construction in Offerman,” Settles says.
Mississippi-based Southern Ionics announced last March plans to build a multi-million dollar mineral separation facility – or dry mill – with plans to bring a minimum of 35 new jobs to the community. The Pierce County Industrial Development Authority and Southern Ionics closed on the project site in October.