Construction stopped on Terre Haute siding plant

October 15, 2007
CertainTeed Corp. has halted construction on a $70 million plant in Terre Haute that is to make cement-fiber house siding, prompting contractors to slap a flurry of liens on the property.

The Valley Forge, Pa., company says the stop is temporary, but didn't offer details as to when construction might resume, according to The Tribune-Star of Terre Haute.

Terre Haute Economic Development Corp. President Steve Witt told the newspaper that the slump in the housing industry likely prompted CertainTeed to delay the project. However, he expects work to continue because the plant is important to the company's long-term prospects.

The 370,000-square-foot plant is in the Vigo County Industrial Park. Eleven mechanic's liens totaling about $2.3 million have been filed.

The state and county have spent $1.8 million to add a railroad spur to the site. If the plant is never finished, the spur, which was part of the incentive package, still would benefit other businesses in the industrial park.

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