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SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP, Ohio- A gas processing plant is expected to be up and running by the end of the year in Springfield Township.

A cryogenics plant, owned by a company known as NiSource, is expected to be built on 100 acres off of Stateline Road near Middletown Road.

To start, Springfield Township Trustee Bob Orr says the company will hire 20 employees.

He says the natural gas products from area Hilcorp Energy wells will go to the plant for processing and then distributed through pipelines or via wet gas trucks.

"We're told it's going to be a very well-built building with lots of installation panels to deaden any noise that the plant might make," Orr said.

While several residents have signed off on leasing their mineral rights for the project, Orr says some residents and those who live in nearby towns are skeptical.

Some in attendance at the Mahoning County commissioners meeting in the township Monday voiced their concerns calling for public meetings to educate residents about the new business moving in.

The $300 million initial investment made by building the gas processing facility could be just the start in terms of local economic growth.

"There will be at least 40 to 50 jobs that come from this particular project and then that just on top of the construction jobs that will be created, which between the pipeline and the cryogenics plant will be several hundred," said Don Crane, president of Western Reserve Trading, Inc.

Crane says the ripple effect will mean money in the pockets of electrical workers, construction workers, pipefitters, contractors and carpenters. After witnessing a similar plant move in down south near the Florida panhandle, Crane says the end result will include a positive outcome on local tax dollars.

"That's put a lot of money back into the community and the spinoff businesses," Crane said.

And there's no telling how long of a road ahead residents will have before they benefit from what's underground.

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