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Safety not a concern for Marshall's new shot gun shell manufacturing plant

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By early 2015 Rio Ammo, one of the world's largest ammunition companies will produce one of its products right outside Marshall, TX.

“The plant, right now, is currently scheduled to assemble shot gun shells,” said Anthony Coleman with the Marshall Economic Development Corporation. “Rio is one of, no is the largest shot gun shells producers in the country, and we think they will even expand when they get here because they believe Texas is one of their favorite markets.”

A deal almost three years in the making, Coleman has work worked his whole time as chairman of the board to bring Rio Ammo to the east Texas city. He said it took so long because of the cultural difference—Rio is based in Spain.

“We have to kind of blend to make sure that we understand what they want and they understand what we want,” he said.

It seems worth the wait. The new plant will create at least 121 new direct and indirect jobs.

MEDCO said the total local economic impact is projected to be $55 million, but Coleman said the most important thing is that Marshall will move from just a regional economy to a global one.

“We will have more people that we will be able to attract to Marshall,” he said. “Good business brings good business, and hopefully Marshall will continue to grow.”

Marshall's mayor, Edward Smith, said the community supports the new business.

“I've had two or three people ask me how you can apply for a job out there,” Smith said. “I've spoken to a couple of people who have already gone through the process and actually hired. It's an exciting thing to see come to pass.”

The plant will use black powder to assemble the shot gun shells, an explosive material, but nothing like the large volumes of M-6 material Camp Minden deals with.

There were safety concerns when the talks began with Rio, Coleman said, but found assurance in Rio's attention to safety.

“The storage, revetments and all the properties have been marked and also they have all the correct yardage they need to stand up to the regulations, so we 're good on that front.”

“The areas that are volatile, or potentially volatile, are very isolated and very well constructed and designed to contain any type of incidents.”

Construction on the plant is expected to be finished in November of this year with production beginning in mid-March of 2015.

The plant will be located in Marshall's Industrial Park located off Highway 43, east of Highway 390. It's more than 440 acres with just over 300 acres available to buy.

There are currently 14 businesses operating there now. They are in different industries including oil and gas, asphalt and building plastic tanks.

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