Navitas Utility Corporation, partnering with Equity Group of Kentucky – Keystone Foods, held a groundbreaking ceremony August 6, 2014, to mark the beginning of the Natural Gas Line Extension Project to provide natural gas to Keystone Foods’ Albany processing facility. The $1,225,000 project will begin at the Albany Gate regulating station and includes nearly 7.5 miles of 6-inch, polyethylene gas main connecting to the processing facility. Several residences may also be served along the way. The project will allow natural gas to support a large portion of the processing facility’s energy needs reducing Keystone’s electric consumption and energy costs.
The event was attended by Albany Mayor Nicky Smith; Clinton County Judge Executive Lyle Huff; Thomas Hartline and Kevin Pearcy, Navitas Utility Corporation; Dr. Robert Williams, Bob Bowers and Donna Roark, Keystone Foods; members of the Albany – Clinton County Chamber of Commerce, officials from the Albany City Council and Clinton County Fiscal Court as well as other community members.
CTI Foods is investing more than $42 million in an initial expansion to its operations center in Owingsville, Kentucky, as part of a $58 million total expansion which will add nearly 200 full-time jobs at the facility. The expansion will affect the facility’s product line and requires the construction of a new equalization basin and pretreatment facility at the Bath County Industrial Park wastewater treatment facility located adjacent to the operations center.
The City of Owingsville, in partnership with CTI Foods, held a check presentation ceremony June 9, 2014, to accept a check from the US Economic Development Agency (EDA) in the amount of $1,250,000. Also included in the funding package is a $1,000,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and $650,000 from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC).
Dignitaries in attendance at the event included Tony Wilder, Department for Local Government Commissioner; Phil Paradise, US EDA Regional Director; Pam Farmer, US EDA Representative; Andy Barr, Congressman; Mayor Gary Hunt, City of Owingsville; Tony Walker, CTI Plant Manager; Gail Wright, Gateway ADD Executive Director; Jocelyn Gross, Gateway ADD Project Administrator; Steve Faudere, Water and Sewer Superintendent; Mellisa Hodge, Water and Sewer Secretary; Kathy Conway, Owingsville City Clerk; Doug Copher, Bath County Fiscal Court Treasurer as well as representatives from the Bath County Industrial Board and other community members.