Monday, August 17, 2015
US Nitrogen Brings On Security Team, Preparing for Startup
By Walter F. Roche Jr.
Officials of US Nitrogen announced today they have hired eight persons who will serve as a permanent security staff for the $200 million Greene County facility.
The hires were announced by Justin Freeark, the company's top official, who also disclosed that a total of 85 employees have been hired to man the plant which will produce ammonium nitrate.
"Our Team is ready" Freeark said in a prepared statement. He added that more than 85 percent of those hired reside in Greene County.
He said some of those employees have been training for over a year.
A company spokeswoman said actual production will begin on a phased basis later this year.
According to the company statement, the new security personnel will be working along with a private security company, A Services Group, already working for US Nitrogen.
The announcement comes as legal challenges to the new facility and a controversial pipeline are making their way through the courts. Last month the state appellate court rebuffed an appeal by one group challenging the legality of the project.
The court found that the appeal had been filed a day after the deadline.
Other challenges include a case pending in Davidson Chancery Court and suits by local residents.