Officials from Carolinas Cement Company hope to build a new packaging facility on the site of existing cement storage and handling terminal in Castle Hayne.
"We see the economy improving a little bit, it's a chance to get out here, and bring a little bit more income on the property," said Bob Odom, general manager for Carolinas Cement Company.
According to a news release, the cement company announced Friday they are applying for a building permit from New Hanover County to construct the $5 million building.
The facility is planned as a simple packaging operation that will not include manufacturing or processing. The release said the business will allow Roanoke Cement to package the cement it stores and handles onsite for distribution.
"The bagging operation is a low impact, environmentally friendly investment in New Hanover County," Odom said.
According to a news release, these operations are permissible by an air quality permit previously issued to Carolinas Cement Company by the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources' Division of Air Quality.
Odom said it's been a long fight to get a new cement plant built in Castle Hayne. Titan America and its partner companies have faced protesters and lawsuits at every step. Odom said it was about time to move forward with something.
"It's been five years waiting to do something out here and we've been waiting to do something to bring some more income and also do something environmentally friendly at the same time," Odom explained.
The company still has to wait for its building permit to be approved before moving forward.
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