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Company officials say Delta-Energy should start operations in Natchez within a month to five weeks.
The company announced plans in February to open a carbon solids and hydrocarbon recapturing facility on 30 acres of the former International Paper property.
Delta-Energy’s John Rollins told The Natchez Democrat the company has moved the equipment from its first plant in North Dakota to Natchez for its first line of products.
“We have spent or committed to spend $8 million between the purchase of the property from the county and in improvements,” Rollins said. “That will expand to $45 million over the next 24 months.” Rollins said the company plans to hire approximately 100 in the first year.
The company recycles tires by breaking down rubber into its organic components for use in fuel, solvent and chemical feedstock. Also the process carbon black, 40 percent of tire weight, is captured to reinforce rubber and provide pigment for other materials, according to the Delta-Energy website.