By Andrew Wellan, BizTimes.com
Amiran's AG Conversions Division will be breaking ground this spring for the new 30,000-square-foot plant and a 7,000-square-foot visitor and research center on a 10-acre site on Highway 127 south of Celina (Ohio), said Paul Chadwick, the company's executive vice president of business development.
The plant will employ about 60 full-time workers. Production work at the plant is expected to begin in August. The plant was designed by Milwaukee-based Eppstein Uhen Architects.
The facility could help provide a solution to reduce farm manure runoff that has polluted the 13,000-acre Grand Lake St. Marys.
Mohsen Amiran, a scientist with an expertise in organic chemistry and the founder of Amiran Technologies LLC, has developed the company's processes to remove contamination from polluted materials. The company says it has the capability to establish facilities, with its own equipment and equipment built to spec and provided by another company, and use chemicals that it has developed, to treat contaminated materials, breaking them down into separate, clean, useful materials.
The Ohio facility will be the only one of its kind in the world, according to the company, and represents the upstream component of the company's two-tiered plan to help clean up the Grand Lake St. Marys watershed. The company is also proceeding to have a mobile facility which will turn material dredged from the lake and currently stored on state owned or leased land into organic potting soil for sale to the public.
"This technology is so new and proprietary, we hope to replicate this in other areas of the country and world where waterways are polluted," Chadwick said.
The Amiran Technologies Grand Lake St. Marys Watershed facility will have the capacity to produce close to 600,000 tons of dry, organic fertilizer each year, the company said.