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Salvage operation begins at site of old plant

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Updated: 6/20/2013 7:38 am
WEST POINT, Miss. (WTVA) --The future of the land at the old Bryan Foods Plant has been a hot topic for several years in West Point. 

An Ohio company called Kohart Recycling is working to reap the benefits of the land, and the city is helping to make sure the area can once again be profitable.

The old buildings are crumbling with the use of hydraulic excavators and skid loaders. 

"Right now, we're going after all the scrap metal. We are trying to recylce all that locally here and then when we get done will try to move in a portable crusher and crush all the concrete for usable fill," said Fred Kohar, vice-president of Kohart Recycling.

Company officials say some of the work will be challenging because some of the buildings are insulated. 

"This whole facility was mainly refigerated or a freezer cold storage for their product. It has become a little bit of a challenge with all the insulation keeping it contained as we demo the buildings," said Kohar. 

City officials say they will use a Brownfiled Phase One grant to see if there is toxic waste on the site. 

"If there is any toxic waste that is required to have special removal considerations. We're going to go for phase two Brownfield grant and ask for the government to help fund the clean-up," said Dwight Prisock, superintendent of West Point Water and Light.

A current business owner and long time West Point resident who once worked at the plant says it's nice to see progress being made where something once thrived.

"I see a lot of ghosts out there. I knew a lot of people that worked there I had some cousins that were two generations that worked there," said David Duke.

City leaders hope new businesses will be able to use the land in the near future. 

"Jobs means tax base and the main thing is a tax base. Right now it's not got much tax base," Duke said.

Plans call for the salvaging and recyclying work to be completed during the spring of 2014.
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