RICHMOND — A zoning change approval Monday night clears the way for a new northwest-side manufacturing plant.

Richmond Common Council unanimously rezoned 47.206 acres on the northeast corner of Salisbury and Industries roads high-intensity industrial. A Tennessee-based company, MetalMax, had reached a purchase agreement with Epic Enterprises of Connersville contingent upon the zoning approval.

The area that's also bordered by Interstate 70 had been zoned outdoor commercial.

MetalMax plans to manufacture metal roofing and siding for companies that produce accessory structures like sheds and pole barns. MetalMax supplies two sister companies, Old Hickory Buildings LLC and MaxSteel Buildings LLC, which specialize in the production of various accessory structures.

Plans call for construction of a facility that's about 40,000 square feet, said Gordon Moore, the agent for Epic's zoning request. The plans include between 30 and 40 employees.

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