Officials learn facility will not meet start-up deadline

COLUMBUS — Lowndes County officials say they have been told by Silicor that a metal production and purification facility will not meet its Dec. 31 start date.

Lowndes County Administrator Ralph Billingsley tells the Commercial Dispatch the announcement came during a meeting last week.

In August, Lowndes County supervisors extended a Sept. 2 starting deadline to Dec. 31. If the start deadline had not been extended, the company could have forfeited $94.25 million in state and local incentives.

State lawmakers in 2011 approved a $75.25 million incentive package for the company, including a $59.5 million equipment and construction loan, $11.25 million for infrastructure and $4.5 million for local work force training. Lowndes County gave an additional $19 million in financial incentives.

The company planned to create 921 jobs.

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