The smelter will rise just east of downtown Crystal City.
A controversial iron-ore smelter
planned for Crystal City will break ground Saturday and will operate within two-and-a-half years.
Residents of the Jefferson County municipality were informed of the construction plans at a city council meeting last night.
The smelter, the brainchild of mine owner Jim Kennedy
with Wings Enterprises
, will occupy the site of an old glass factory in Crystal City.
Residents of Crystal City have waged a nearly three-year battle to stop the smelter
, which they fear will increase pollution and lower property values.