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May 15, 2013

Former Peabody mine to be industrial mega site

T.H. businessman acquired 4,650 acres in December

TERRE HAUTE — A new industrial mega site is ready for development in southwestern Vigo County.

Hoosier Jack Mega Site contains 4,650 acres, located in what had been Peabody’s Farmersburg Mine. The industrial property is unique in that it has a single owner  — Terre Haute businessman Gregory L. Gibson.

Gibson took ownership of the property in December.

“I have been working on this for a couple of years. I knew Peabody was winding down the Farmersburg Mine. They were focused on moving to Bear Run [Mine],” Gibson said. The Bear Run mine is the largest surface coal mine east of the Mississippi River, currently producing about 8 million tons of coal annually.

Hoosier Jack offers two railroad providers with CSX Transportation’s main line on the west side of the property and Indiana Rail Road on the eastern border. A railroad spur connects to the two lines.

In addition, the mega site offers methane gas from the nearby Sycamore Ridge Landfill, owned and operated by Republic Industries. Boral Brick, located near the landfill, already uses methane gas to supply at least 50 percent of their power for ovens used to produce bricks.

The mega site also has electrical power from Duke Energy and WIN Energy, along with natural gas from the Ohio Valley Gas Corporation. In addition, potable water is available through the Sullivan-Vigo Rural Water Corp.

A T-1 fiber voice/data communications line through Frontier Communications is also available.

“I felt like that site, with the size that it is with over 4,600 acres, and an 8-mile rail spur that connects Indiana Rail Road and CSX Transportation, along with the buildings there, plus use of the landfill gas and good access to the highways, was a good opportunity,” Gibson said. “It has good existing infrastructure and is ready to go.

“It is purely a speculative thing. It is not like I had something in hand. It’s almost like the Terre Haute House. People thought that was planned out ahead of time and that was not the truth at all. It is the same way here,” Gibson said.

However, Gibson added, “It is not that I went out on a whim. There is certainly a lot of good farm ground there and there is income from farm leases and hunting leases,” Gibson said. “The farming generates income to pay for property taxes and other upkeep.”

Hoosier Jack has just over 1,000 acres of undisturbed land that is good farm land, along with 3,000 acres of reclaimed surface mine acreage “which is marginal, especially in bad weather, but there is a lot more interest,” Gibson said. “Farming is on the upswing and there is a lot more interest in farming those reclaimed areas.”

“It has already generated a lot of interest and we have had a few inquiries, so I am really optimistic about something happening there,” Gibson said of the mega site.

The site was named after Gibson’s son, Jack. The property is listed under Hoosier Jack Land Co. LLC.

Gibson has waste companies in Texas named Texas Jack Waste Systems Inc. and Texas Jack Waste Holdings Inc. along with a similar company that does business in Wyoming and Idaho named Mountain Jack Environmental Systems Inc.

“My daughter will be jealous, so I will have to come up with some names for [other business ventures],” Gibson said.

Reporter Howard Greninger can be reached at 812-231-4204 or howard.greninger@tribstar.com.

 

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