Pike County development director says Holcim port plan not in stone
The old Holcim port shown here from the middle of the Mississippi River looking in.
The sale of the old Holcim Cement property has not parlayed into a fertilizer plant or any other rumored facility yet, according to Pike County Development Authority Executive Director Carolyn Wisecarver.
The Pike-Lincoln Port Authority that Wisecarver directs as well is in competition with “a neighboring state” to utilize the Holcim property and port, which was recently sold by Holcim to STRW, LLC.
“This is a huge project, but there’s nothing in concrete,” Wisecarver said Friday, Feb. 14. “Confidentiality is huge. We’re under a nondisclosure agreement. The company will let us know when they make a decision and it won’t happen overnight.”
One fear of making an announcement is that business deals often fall through due to changes in the economy or financing picture.
There is a lot of interest in the Holcim site, Wisecarver said, but she said “it’s critical that we don’t comment,” on who. “It could jeopardize the future of the county.”
Wisecarver said she could also not comment about STRW, LLC under the non-disclosure agreement.
Holcim Inc. Vice President Robin DeCarlo said Holcim had sold about 3,500 acres of the property near Clarksville to STRW, LLC, including the port and shipping terminal areas.
DeCarlo said STRW, LLC is not a Holcim subsidiary. “It’s a private sale and the sale has gone through,” she said.
The Missouri Secretary of State Department could not find contact information for STRW, LLC, but did know that the firm was organized July 11, 2012. The sale was handled by the St. Louis office of the law firm Dentons US LLP. Dentons spokeswoman Lisa Sachdev said she could not track the firm down.
Holcim dismantled the cement plant after closing it down in 2010 with little explanation. The remaining 200 acres will be planted with grass and maintained by the firm, DeCarlo said.
Holcim is holding a public hearing at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 12 at the Clarksville City Hall to modify its permit as part of the firm’s final shut down of the cement operation.
According to documents about the hearing at Clarksville City Hall, Holcim built the plant in 1967 under the name of Dundee Cement Co.
The firm changed its name to Holcim Inc. in 1990 and Holcim (US) in 2001 and was producing 1.4 million tons of cement per year.
A subsurface investigation discovered petroleum coke at the site, which was cleaned up prior to the Jan. 2