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The announcement of a chemical company’s plans to build a $1.4 billion fertilizer plant in eastern Illinois, will officially be made Wednesday morning in the Tuscola area.

According to State Representative Adam Brown the plant will employ about 175 people, while another 2,000 temporary construction jobs are expected to be created while the plant is being built. Construction is expected to start on the plant next spring and take about three years.

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Representative Brown said it will be a win-win situation and will encourage a lot of economic growth not only in the Tuscola area but throughout the entire area.

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The site sits alongside a CSX rail line and is also near Interstate 57. It also has easy access to major natural gas lines which is a key component in fertilizer production.

Cronus chemicals will build the plant just outside Tuscola and plans to open a U.S. headquarters in Chicago.

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