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April 17, 2014

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US Nitrogen Donates To Greene Co. Habitat

Sun Photo By Brian Cutshall

US Nitrogen has donated a house on its 500-acre property in Midway to Greene County Habitat for Humanity for the organization to use for recyclable building material. Pictured in the house, from left to right, are: Robin Brown, board president of Greene County Habitat for Humanity; Vicki Culbertson executive director of Greene County Habitat for Humanity; Victor Smith, construction manager for US Nitrogen; Justin Freeark, project manager for US Nitrogen; Dustin Tague, assistant project manager for US Nitrogen; Jim Schumacher, board vice-president for Greene County Habitat for Humanity; Ramona Galati, executive program coordinator for Greene County Habitat for Humanity; and, holding ceiling fan, Patrick Flannery, warehouse coordinator for Greene County Habitat for Humanity.

Originally published: 2014-02-06 11:28:08
Last modified: 2014-02-06 11:29:49

US Nitrogen, the company which is in the process of constructing a liquid ammonium nitrate plant in Midway, is donating housing materials to Greene County's Habitat for Humanity, according to a Habitat news release.

The construction materials are being salvaged from a house located on US Nitrogen's property.

The house was acquired at the time that Austin Powder Co., US Nitrogen's Ohio-based parent company, was purchasing land for the US Nitrogen plant.

The donation will have a "far reaching impact" for the housing advocates for low-income families, the Greene County Habitat release says.

"This was an extraordinary opportunity to recycle and repurpose these materials back into the community," Greene County Habitat Executive Director Vicki Culbertson said in the release.

"We are extremely thankful to US Nitrogen for giving us this special donation that will have such a far-reaching impact in helping our endeavors at Habitat. We plan to have the salvage project completed within the next two weeks."

Culbertson said in the release that she became aware of the opportunity from Darius Peeden of locally-owned C&C Millwright Maintenance Co., and followed up on that lead with US Nitrogen Construction Manager Victor Smith.

"Austin Powder Company is the owner of US Nitrogen, and its commitment to getting this project done correctly is beyond anything I've experienced," US Nitrogen Project Manager Justin Freeark said in the release.

"At times during this project there have been significant challenges that impact both construction cost and potential project timelines."

Culbertson said Habitat for Humanity chapters across the country salvage good, quality materials for reuse and resale.

They also recycle scrap consisting of different metals, wood and other construction materials. This helps divert usable materials from ending up in landfills, she said.

All of the profits from the Habitat ReStore and Warehouse support efforts to help build a better community through the local chapter's Housing Homeownership program and the chapter's Habitat Hearts minor repair program in Greeneville/Greene County, the release says.

Donated materials usually come from homeowners who are remodeling, construction companies with excess materials, building supply retailers and other businesses that donate obsolete or discontinued products, she said.

"Again, we are so very grateful to partner with US Nitrogen on this project, and look forward to working with them on future projects," Culbertson said.

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