Douglas county is full of eager farmers willing to do whatever it takes to get the corn mill plant in town. They say they were happy to hear the plant skipped over Piatt county because it means they're still in the running.
Bill Klopfleisch can see the possible site for the corn mill plant from his front porch but he's not worried, "I really don't have any problem with it I'm less than a mile away and i don't think I'm gonna have any trouble at all."
No problems... Just progress... That's the way people in Douglas county are looking at the possibility of a corn mill plant coming to town.
Jim Crane is the county's engineer and sees nothing but good things ahead, "In the economic development world it creates a wealth for the township and the county because you're adding a good taxing body."
Wealth the county is welcoming... Looking at plans to make sure the corn mill company has everything it needs...Whether that's getting water or building roads.
County officials say it will pay off in the end. "it's a win win all the way around."
For some neighbors who may not see the immediate profits like farmers...They're finding alternative ways to bank off the business. "I sell a little real estate too so maybe i can sell some of these people a little real estate too."
The county says new opportunities are outweighing a little odor....smells they say will fit right into the country.
"It is farm there's a lot of livestock a lot of dairy operations so from time to time there can be some unique aromas in the that part of the county."
A unique aroma ?Maybe?... but in Douglas county all they're smelling is success
Clarkson and grain confirmed they are looking at Douglas county and other possible counties but would not say where those are. They are also looking out of state and are hoping to get this project moving as soon as possible.
The Douglas county board says if their site is chosen they'll have to approve the buildings construction but from there the project would be a go.