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Asphalt plant near Martinsburg expected to open this fall

Allmine Paving LLC is expected to employ 15 to 20 people

April 29, 2010

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- An asphalt plant being built in Tabler Station Business Park south of Martinsburg is expected to be operational by fall, the Berkeley County Development Authority announced Thursday.

Allmine Paving LLC purchased 18 acres from the Development Authority for the plant for $1.6 million and will have invested $25 million in a plant that will produce and process liquid asphalt and employ 15 to 20 people.

The operation at the intersection of Business Park Drive (the new Tabler Station connector from Interstate 81) and Development Drive is expected to support 45 to 65 transportation and contracted service jobs, according to the Development Authority.

Raw materials for the plant are expected to be shipped to the plant via a new rail spur off Winchester & Western Railroad, according to the Development Authority and the Department of Environmental Protection, which evaluated the project.

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The facility is expected to produce up to 5,000 tons per year of a blended product, according to an engineering evaluation by the DEP.

Allmine has applied for a permit from the DEP's Division of Air Quality in January, according to the agency. A permit draft is on the DEP's Web site a http://www.dep.wv.gov/daq/Pages/NSR2010PermitsforReview.aspx

Along with the rail spur, the Development Authority said Thursday that a new natural gas line, power and fiber optic infrastructure would be part of the project.

"We are excited to have our first major industrial tenant in the business park," Development Authority board president Kevin Starliper said in a news release.

"We know success builds upon success, and feel like this represents a real momentum builder for the growth and investment along the new Tabler Station road."

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