A Central Florida company says it will take over part of Mosaic's fertilizer factory in Plant City.
Anuvia Plant Nutrients, based in Zellwood, has announced it will hire 135 people to produce its own fertilizer, which is made mostly with recycled waste from food scraps and septic tanks.
"What we do is really different," CEO Amy Yoder told the Orlando Sentinel in 2017. "Most fertilizer companies just dry waste solids into a pellet and maybe coat it with a chemical. We break it down chemically, then build new product, which reduces runoff and leaching."
At its peak, 4,400 Mosaic employees turned phosphate into fertilizer in Plant City. The company temporally shut down the plant in 2017, citing high production costs and a worldwide glut of phosphate fertilizer. In June, Mosaic announced the plant would remain shuttered and it would write off $390 million in closure costs.
Yoder says Anuvia has seen growing demand for its products since its Zellwood plant opened three years ago. The company currently produces 80,000 tons of fertilizer annually. That will increase to more than a million tons per year once the Plant City facility is online.