Huntington Revving Up For Natures Fuel

By Maureen Mespell

April 27, 2011 Updated Apr 27, 2011 at 10:35 PM EDT

HUNTINGTON, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) – It's time to start pushing dirt on a new facility in Huntington that's slated to bring 160 jobs to the area.

Wednesday afternoon, officials with Nature's Fuel announced they are preparing a section of land near the county landfill for groundbreaking in a few weeks.

The first of its kind in the United States, the company will convert garbage into renewable crude oil.

Huntington Mayor Steve Updike says the facility will also bring in much needed revenue.

“This is an unlimited, untapped source of revenue,” says Mayor Updike, “We don't know how far or how high it's going to take us. The predictions they've said are anywhere from three to four million dollars a year in revenue, something the city is not turning at this time.”

Mayor Updike hopes the revenue will help lower taxes in Huntington.

Nature's Fuel is expected to be fully operational by the end of the year.

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