Thursday began the first day of work on the site of a $300m project in Muskingum County.
AMG Vanadium, the largest recycler of spent catalyst in the world, broke ground on its new 154-acre Zanesville location in the Eastpointe Industrial Park.
The site was chosen after the Cambridge, Ohio based company toured sites in other states, Canada and Germany.
“The primary driver is the way that the state and the local community supported us in this endeavor,” said Hoy E. Frakes Jr. president of AMG Vanadium. “When we started to talk about expansion the state just came to the table, they worked fast and efficiently.”
Some of those government leaders at the local, state and federal level took part in the groundbreaking including Representative Adam Holmes and Zanesville-Muskingum County Port Authority Executive Director Matt Abbott.
It’s just such a victory for so many people involved in our community to grow a business and to provide opportunities for people around here,” said Republican Rep. Adam Holmes of the 97th District. “It’s a win win scenario for this whole area and I just couldn’t be prouder of all the people in Zanesville and Muskingum County that worked on this.”
“We’ve seen a lot of existing companies expand and a lot of existing companies hirer people so anytime that we can recruit a new company it is only going to continue to make our economic well-being more solidified,” explained Abbott.
AMG Vanadium hopes to have the first phase of the project, a roasting operation up and running by the end of next year. The company will create 100 full-time jobs.