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Town Board approves site plan for new Cargill facility in industrial park

Windsor Town Board members gave a nod Monday to a site plan for Cargill for a proposed 60,000 square-foot steel service center in the Great Western Industrial Park.

Operations at the new building are expected to create between 15 and 25 new jobs within the first three years of operation, Director of Planning Joe Plummer said.

Most of the steel coils Cargill uses will arrive by rail for processing and cutting into steel sheet and plate products that will be distributed on commercial trucks, Plummer said. Overall traffic impacts are anticipated to be eight to 10 rail cars per week and about 30 commercial trucks per week.

The site, located south of Eastman Park Drive and west of Great Western Drive, will also serve as a distribution center for steel sheet and plate products produced in Illinois and Oklahoma, Plummer said.

The Windsor Town Board unanimously approved an incentive agreement Nov. 25 offering about $239,000 in tax and fee reimbursements to Cargill Inc. Stacy Johnson, economic development manager, told board members at the meeting that Cargill approached the town in October about waiving town development fees and half of the company’s personal property taxes for up to 10 years. She said the town expects to recover the cost of the incentives in less than three years.

Cargill’s new facility will employ about 10 people to start, but expects to grow to 25 employees within three years. The average salary for the positions is $61,000 a year, plus benefits, she said.

“They will take the large coil steels into the facility, mold them, shape them, cut them and redistribute out to their clients,” Johnson said at the November meeting.

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My Windsor Now Updated Mar 10, 2014 12:33PM Published Mar 6, 2014 11:57PM Copyright 2014 My Windsor Now. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.