Iowa Fertilizer Company

Many Still Question the Project
2:42 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Supervisors Address Fertilizer Plant Concerns

The Lee County Board of Supervisors spent about 90 minutes, Monday night, trying to address concerns about Iowa Fertilizer Company’s proposed plant near Wever.

The success of the panel depends on to whom you talk.

The supervisors spent the first 30 minutes addressing questions submitted about two weeks ago by a group of residents.

Supervisor Gary Folluo says the board did the best it could to provide solid answers.

He says there were some questions, though, that the board simply could not answer because the answers lie with Iowa Fertilizer Company.

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Residents Say Before Election Day
7:17 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Fertilizer Plant Meeting Likely

Lee County now knows some of the concerns residents have about the production plant Iowa Fertilizer Company plans to build near Wever.

Lori Beckert lives between Wever and Fort Madison.  She attended the Lee County Board of Supervisors meeting on Oct. 2 for one reason.

Beckert asked the board for a special meeting in Wever about the fertilizer plant so residents and future neighbors can get answers to their questions.

The supervisors said they wanted to see a list of questions/topics for the meeting before they would set a time/date/location.

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September 2012
5:05 pm
Sun October 7, 2012

In The Tri States

A look back at the top stories and features from the Tri States Public Radio news department from September 2012.  

Reporter Jason Parrott told us about plans to build a $1.4 billion fertilizer plant in Lee County. He also reported on pending lay-offs at one of the county’s largest employers.

During the month, Colchester received some good news from the USDA, Lee County made plans to add beds to its jail, and a historic structure in Macomb received a national designation.

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Meeting Possible in Next 2 Weeks
11:15 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Residents Want Fertilizer Plant Meeting

Some Lee County residents want answers about the $1.4-billion fertilizer plant scheduled to be built near Wever by 2015.

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Likely Based on Tax Bills
11:19 am
Thu September 27, 2012

Lee County Planning to Divide $$$

Lee County is working on a plan for dividing up some potential revenue associated with a proposed fertilizer plant near Wever, IA.

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165 Permanent Jobs
10:25 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Lee County Lands Fertilizer Plant

Iowa Fertilizer Company (IFC) will build a $1.4-billion nitrogen fertilizer production plant on 500-acres of land near Wever in northern Lee County.

The site offers rail, river and highway access and is located near a natural gas line, which is essential to the plant's operation.

The project will create 165 full-time, permanent jobs and several thousand temporary construction jobs.

During a news conference in Des Moines on Wednesday, Governor Terry Branstad says this will be a much-needed shot in the arm for Iowa, and Lee County in particular.

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Pushing Honesty, Reliability
11:24 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

IA Governor Pushing For Plant

IA Gov. Terry Branstad addressing Fort Madison's Rotary Club.

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad is confident his state will come out on top when it comes to a proposed $1.5-billion fertilizer plant.

Orascom Construction Industries is said to be considering multiple sites in Iowa for the plant, along with locations in central Illinois and Texas.

Branstad says he has personally talked to representatives of the Egypt-based company about Iowa’s history of honest, reliable government, especially when compared to Illinois.

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11:19 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

Fertilizer Company Considering Quad City Area

Lead in text: 
Scott County and the company that wants to bring a $1.5 billion fertilizer plant to the Quad-Cities have had preliminary talks about incentives although the project still faces several hurdles.
Scott County and the company that wants to bring a $1.5 billion fertilizer plant to the Quad-Cities have had preliminary talks about incentives although the project still faces several hurdles. Orascom Construction Industries wants to build the plant between Davenport and Walcott along U.S.
Fertilizer Plant to be Built
6:39 am
Thu June 7, 2012

Lee County Facing Competition for Jobs

Lee County, IA has some competition in its efforts to land a new industry.

The county has spent months trying to encourage Iowa Fertilizer Company to build a plant on several hundred acres of land just north of Fort Madison.

The company is a subsidiary of Orascom Construction Industries, which is headquartered in Cairo, Egypt.

The $1.3-billion plant could create up to 200 permanent jobs and several thousand short-term construction jobs.

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Negotiating With Potential Industry
4:04 am
Thu May 10, 2012

Lee County to Hire Outside Counsel

Lee County will receive some outside help in its efforts to land a new industry.

The Board of Supervisors has agreed to hire attorney Bob Josten to negotiate with Iowa Fertilizer Company on behalf of the county.  Josten is with Dorsey & Whitney, a Des Moines-based law firm the county uses when it borrows money.

Iowa Fertilizer Company is considering a 300-acre site near Wever for a $1.3-billion dollar fertilizer plant. 

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