A company that plans to divert waste from a Huntington County landfill and turn it into diesel fuel, motor oil and recyclable material will invest more than $350 million and hire about 180 people, officials with Nature's Fuel announced Thursday.
The company, based in Fort Wayne, is in the middle of a flurry of announcements of such trash-to-fuel operations, one each in Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman Bill Sinish said Thursday. The Huntington County operation will include a sorting and processing building of about 360,000 square feet at the landfill, plus transfer stations in several cities in this region, Sinish said, although he did not specify where the transfer stations would be located.
Besides the sales of material refined and recovered from the trash stream, another important source of revenue at the company's Huntington operation would be tipping fees for trash disposed there – fees which the company and the city of Huntington, which owns the landfill, will divide. Because the facility will handle so much more waste, Sinish said he expects local government will make $1-$2 million more than it now does from tipping fees.
Construction work is to begin by the end of this month, Sinish said. The company anticipates beginning hiring about four months from now and continuing its hiring over a period of about seven months, he said.