By John Gutekunst | Parker Pioneer
(Disclosure: Rose Law Group represents Alliance Metals.)
VP Alliance MetalsAlliance Metals is asking for the McMullen Valley Community to give them a second look. In a column for the Parker Pioneer. Alliance Senior Vice President Loren Barton said the company has been listening and responding to the concerns from the community over their plans for an aluminum recycling smelter. He also thanked the facility’s opponents for helping them to make it a better facility.
The site for the proposed smelter is a former cotton gin on U.S. Route 60 between Salome and Wenden, near the entrance of Centennial Park. The facility has been very controversial, with opponents citing its location close to residential areas and agricultural lands. There are fears of pollution and hazardous materials being used by and produced by the facility.
Supporters of the facility say it will bring needed jobs to the area and tax revenue for the county and local school districts. They also claim it will produce less pollution than the cotton gin did when it was in operation.