PotashCorp announced plans to build a new rail transfer facility in Hammond, Ind., the company announced. The facility is expected to cost $64 million for a 136,000 square foot facility with Indiana Harbor Belt Railway investing $9 million and the city of Hammond spending $5 million in federal and other funds for demolition and other work.

It will take 225 construction workers to build the Potash facility and 60 more for the railroad construction, said Phil Taillon, Hammond director of planning and development, told NWITimes.com. Once the facility is up and running, 25 permanent employees will be needed for the potash warehouse and on the railroad.

Officials in northwest Indiana praised the news of the announcement.

"After an extensive search, we decided on Hammond, Ind., because of its location, its railroads and its skilled labor force," Potash Vice President for Transportation and Distribution Robert Felgenhauer said in front of a crowd of city and railroad officials at City Hall.

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