Big things are on horizon in Wright Co.

An innovative $25 million plant is moving toward approval

While it isn’t quite a reality, it appears likely that Wright County will soon get a major new business. ReNewtrient 1 LLC, a company that plans to turn chicken droppings into an environmentally friendly organic fertilizer has proposed building a $25 million facility in Wright County. The county’s Board of Supervisors received a briefing about this project in mid-February.

The proposed location for the plant is about 10 miles southeast of Clarion. The site is near the intersection of U.S. Highway 69 and 275th Street. A new processing facility, administration office, lab, outside containment areas and truck disinfectant bay would be built there. If all the necessary arrangements can be worked out, construction could begin in the next 60 days. It’s estimated that it will take one year to have the plant constructed and ready for operation. The new business would create about 12 new jobs, according to information provided to the supervisors.

Final details regarding this intriguing project are still evolving. It has been under development for about two years. The company has obtained the necessary permits from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Wright County. It is expected that in the weeks ahead, the Board of Supervisors will engage in a dialogue with company officials to determine what needs to happen to turn this proposal into a reality.

Attracting new corporate investment in rural Iowa is a priority. That’s true throughout The Messenger’s circulation area. We are excited that a project of this magnitude appears achievable in the not too distant future in Wright County.