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US Nitrogen hires permanent security staff, completes hiring for plant opening

August 17, 2015

Aug. 17, 2015

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US Nitrogen has hired a staff of eight permanent security guards, including a lead security guard, to supervise the team. The creation of eight additional jobs completes US Nitrogen’s hiring in anticipation of the plant opening later this year.

The security team, which will start in the coming weeks, will coordinate efforts with US Nitrogen’s security contractor, A Services Group (ASG), which has managed security of US Nitrogen’s construction site. All of the new hires live in Greene County and were selected based on their experience in the military, law enforcement, security control and educational backgrounds.

US Nitrogen’s total employment now stands at 85 permanent staff members. More than 85 percent of these employees are from Greene County or its surrounding counties. US Nitrogen distributes more than $4 million throughout the region in payroll.

The US Nitrogen operations and maintenance teams have been training for months in operational and safety protocols to ensure that every staff member is prepared for all aspects of plant operation.

“US Nitrogen has a talented, experienced team in place that has been training together for months for the startup of this facility,” US Nitrogen Plant Manager Justin Freeark said. “Our team is ready. Many team members have been training for more than a year, and they will make use of that expertise for the excellent operation of our plant.”

The new permanent security team also will go through extensive training in preparation for opening.

“It is great news for Greene County that all of the jobs pledged with this project have come to fruition, and the large majority have been filled by local residents,” said Tom Ferguson, president and CEO of Greene County Partnership. “US Nitrogen will be an excellent member of the business community for many years to come by providing high-quality jobs to local residents and giving back to the community.”

Several additional jobs will be created when Yara International and a still-to-be-determined partner co-locate at the facility to process the carbon dioxide output.

US Nitrogen currently is completing processes to ensure a successful startup and expects to begin production later this year.

About US Nitrogen

Located in Greene County, Tenn. US Nitrogen is a state-of-the-art facility that will produce ammonium nitrate for industrial purposes. US Nitrogen’s state-of-the-art facility represents a more than $200 million investment in the Greene County community – the largest capital investment in Greene County history. The company will provide more than 80 technical, high-paying jobs to the region. US Nitrogen LLC is a subsidiary of Cleveland, Ohio-based Austin Powder Company, a global leader in industrial explosives used in mining operations around the world.