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State Renews Talks With Pakistani Fertilizer Company

The state withdrew economic incentives for the Pakistani company to build a fertilizer plant in the state after concerns it had terrorist ties.

Midwest Fertilizer Company Logo

Photo: Midwest Fertilizer Company Logo

The Midwest Fertilizer Company is based in Pakistan, and the Department of Defense was concerned its fertilizer was being used in explosives.

Governor Mike Pence says state negotiations with a Pakistan-based fertilizer company have been reopened after the state expressed concerns about the company’s ties to terrorist activity.

Last year, Pence withdrew state economic incentives offered to Midwest Fertilizer Corporation for construction of a new multi-billion dollar plant in Posey County.

That decision came after Department of Defense officials complained that Fatima Group, a Pakistani company with an ownership stake in Midwest Fertilizer, hadn’t cooperated with efforts to reduce the threat of their products being used for improvised explosive devices—or IEDs.

Now, Pence says the company has created a new, less detonable fertilizer.

“As I spoke to Defense Department officials last night, they informed me that the second round of testing, with full cooperation with the company, had taken place and produced efforts that they characterized as commendable,” Pence says.

Local Posey County officials never stopped working with Midwest Fertilizer and a groundbreaking on the plant is expected this summer.

Brandon Smith

Brandon Smith has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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  • Bob Eckert

    This just shows you that business cares not about our security, they care only about their bottom line. Why, I ask, are we doing business with a country that shelters terrorists, for example, the ones who knocked down the twin towers and damaged the Pentagon. You can also count me in the liberal group.

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