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Moberly factory groundbreaking still unknown

The date for the groundbreaking of the GAF shingle factory in Moberly is still unknown. The site in north Moberly has remained untouched for more than a year. GAF Materials has been holding off construction of its shingle factory because the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has yet to issue the necessary permits.

Lawmakers, DNR, GAF and other stakeholders discussed the permitting issues at the Capitol Wednesday. Sen. Brian Munzlinger, Republican from Williamstown, Rep. Tim Remole and Mayor Bob Riley of Moberly said the meeting was productive. Riley said one reason for the delay can be blamed on changes to the original design.

“The plant was redesigned and that redesign was instigated from questions from DNR, and so in order to meet those answers and be able to do it, the request was pulled for six months. So we’ve been a year , but there was a six-month redo of the plant,” said Riley.

Meeting attendees agree that in 60 days there needs to be a resolution, so GAF can begin building its $165 million facility. GAF officials said the shingle factory will bring 125 jobs to the Moberly area with an annual payroll of $5.8 million.

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