Residents reject idea of new manufacture plant

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SIDNEY — The Sidney City Council Chambers was full with standing room only Monday night due to the number of concerned residents who reside near the site of a potential new manufacturing plant that is considering developing on farm land for sale on west of Fair Road, south of Millcreek Road and east of Kuther Road.

City Council was introduced to an ordinance Monday to grant a municipal income tax job creation tax credit to SEMCORP Manufacturing USA LLC and authorize City Manager Andrew Bowsher to enter into an agreement pertaining to the job creation tax credit credit.

Finance Officer Renee DuLaney explained SEMCORP intends to construct a new, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, estimated to be approximately 850,000-square-feet, to produce lithium-ion battery separator film and related products.

Bowsher clarified this plant will not produce or possess lithium, but rather a film that will go inside of the battery product. He also said the…

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