Company isn’t raining on parade yetPublished 12:03am Wednesday, August 14, 2013
When KiOR announced plans to build its first large-scale production facility in Adams County, it was viewed as a game-changer.
The amount of wood that the facility planned to pull from what economic developers refer to, as our region’s “wood basket” was impressive.
When KiOR’s Natchez plant became operational, the timber industry would certainly have changed in a way not seen since the closure of International Paper Company’s Natchez mill.
The massive — hundreds of millions of dollars — investment in the plan would have been a game-changer for our economy, too.
But when you live by game-changers incumbent on new technology, you can also be setup for disappointment, too.
Adams County learned last week that KiOR might opt to delay the Natchez plant, choosing instead to build its first large plant adjacent to its testing facility in Columbus.
The community’s naysayers will cry foul and fuss about broken promises. But what KiOR officials said is that they will decide soon which direction they plan to go.
We, obviously, hope they fulfill their commitment to Natchez sooner rather than later, but if the company feels it cannot economically do that, so be it.
Game-changers, if that’s what KiOR ultimately will be for our community, are worth a little wait.
But such delays should not hamper the efforts to woo other companies to the area. Every job we can bring to Natchez is an important one.