Canadian Company Breaks Ground on $1M Plant in Ozark

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Wednesday, May. 9, 2018 3:45 pm   1 min read

Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Chancellor Bruce Sikes, Mayor T.R. McNutt and Ecodrum CEO Tim Epp attended the groundbreaking for the company's new plant in Ozark on Tuesday. (Arkansas Economic Development Commission)

Ecodrum Composter of Canada, a manufacturer of in-vessel mortality composting equipment, broke ground Tuesday on its new facility in Ozark.

The company said it plans to invest $1 million in capital expenditures in the facility on Airport Road and create 12 full-time jobs within a year.

Ecodrum has received $300,000 in Community Development Block Grants funds. It also qualified for two state incentives: Advantage Arkansas and Tax Back. Those provide an income tax credit based on the payroll of new jobs and sales tax refunds on building materials, taxable machinery and equipment associated with the project. 

The company said its patented design breaks down swine and poultry carcasses quickly and efficiently for composting, while reducing odor and pathogens and eliminating ground and water contamination. Ecodrum has supplied poultry, turkey and hog producers for more than 10 years.

“More and more international companies are discovering that Arkansans, such as the workforce in Ozark, have the skills and dedication needed for success,” Mike Preston, executive director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, said in a news release. “Canadian companies employ more than 2,600 Arkansans, and we are thrilled to welcome Ecodrum to the list.”

 

 

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