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Everson Borough is getting a new neighbor: Magnablend Inc.

| Thursday, June 24, 2010

Everson residents will see a new neighbor moving into the former dog food plant over the next several months.

Jimmy Jett, account manager for Magnablend Inc., attended the Everson Borough Council meeting this week to give members a little bit of history on the company and what it is they do.

The primary mission of the Texas-based company is to blend and package chemicals to their customers' specifications.

Jett said the company's two biggest industries they serve are agriculture companies and oil and gas companies, with some of their bigger customers including Halliburton, Dow Chemical and Dupont.

"We handle liquid and dry products and confidentiality is a big part of our business," Jett said.

Some of the chemicals that are mixed include fertilizers for farmers as well as other mixes that might include methanol, which is a freeze protectant heavily used in the agriculture industry in the north.

Jett said that while a chemical-mixing company might scare some people, he assured council that Magnablend is a good neighbor.

"Our company has always maintained a zero discharge," he said. "Everything we rinse and clean with is 100 percent contained and hauled off by a licensed hazardous materials disposal company."

Jett said their desire to locate to this area and the availability of this property made for a good match.

"We were looking for a facility that would match our needs and this was perfect," he said. "It has the easy east to west and north to south highway systems, easy rail access and high ceilings inside that will easily house our mixing machines."

For the next several months the company will be working toward outfitting the facility with its equipment. No actual mixing of chemicals will begin until this process is finished, he said. The most noticeable differences in the area will be an increase in rail and truck traffic in the beginning.

"We're anticipating about four rail cars of supplies a month for now and each rail car holds about four truckloads, so there will be about 16 trucks coming in and out of our facility each month at this point," Jett said.

The company plans to outsource trucking of its product to local companies and will look at hiring about five to eight individuals in the first year with plans of growing "significantly" from there.

Jett said there will be no dust, noise or smell coming from the plant.

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