Get the Facts
A one-stop shop to learn about Ramaco Carbon’s proposed technology and light manufacturing facility.
What is the company proposing?
Ramaco is proposing to construct a carbon products research campus (labs and offices) and light manufacturing on land it owns in the Acme area, just north of Sheridan. This will take place in a zone previously designated by Sheridan County for “Future Industry.” Click here for more info.
How will it benefit the community?
These facilities will put Sheridan County at the forefront of a promising new field of advanced manufacturing and research, in which carbon from coal is used to build products such as medical devices, airplane parts, and even shoes. The project plans to provide up to 40 good-paying jobs in the initial five years. We hope this will spark more quality job growth in the area, giving young people more opportunities to work and raise their families here.
How does Ramaco Carbon’s plan fit into Sheridan County’s comprehensive plan?
Ramaco’s proposal is located in the Acme area. As opposed to being “spot zoning,” the Sheridan County Comprehensive Planning and Zoning Map designated for projects such as this in late 2008 and 2009. It is the only unincorporated area in the County for this purpose. Click here for more info.
UPDATE – March 6, 2018Sheridan County commissioners commissioners vote to approve the rezone of Ramaco Carbon’s property, allowing iPark and iCam projects to move forward.
Who supports the project?
A large and diverse group of individuals, businesses, and community leaders strong support for Ramaco’s rezone project. To read letters and quotes from them, and more information on our community outreach, please click here.
Sheridan County commissioners voted on March 6 to approve a rezone of Ramaco Carbon’s property, allowing the project to proceed. The staff of the Sheridan County Planning Office and the Sheridan County Planning and Zoning Commission have both recommended approval of Ramaco’s rezone application.
What will Ramaco be allowed to build on the site?
Ramaco’s property has been rezoned for a light industrial zone, also known as an I-2 zone. This zoning does not allow for a chemical plant or any smokestack industry. Ramaco’s project would build the most state-of-the-art facilities in the area – their self-contained water and “package plant” sewage treatment facilities, for example, will be much cleaner than conventional historic riverside septic systems. Click here for more info.
How will the project impact recreation in the area?
The rezone of Ramaco’s property will not change any existing access or public land uses in the Acme area. In fact, our proposal is to enhance recreation use of the area. This includes development of a river access picnic spot for kayakers and other Tongue River users to enjoy, either in the existing County-owned Kleenburn Recreation Area or along the river on Ramaco lands.
All existing walk-in access will be unaffected by the rezoning and Ramaco’s facility. Tim Thomas of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s Sheridan office confirms that the Ramaco rezone proposal presents no harm to public access. Agreements with the Game and Fish Department will remain unchanged. Click here for more info.
Will the project affect the Tongue River or groundwater in any way?
No, there will be no impact to the water quality along the Tongue River as a result of Ramaco Carbon’s facility. The buildings will be located hundreds of feet from the river, and will include an enhanced green space serving as a buffer. No materials from the plant will make it into the river or groundwater. Any claims that water quality will be impacted by the project are false.
In what ways is this project environmentally friendly?
Not only will the facility be built to the highest environmental standards, but the research and manufacturing conducted at the facility will create uses for coal beyond burning it, a key priority for the larger environmental community.
For the latest news on the project, please click here.
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To my way of thinking, this comes close to being the gold standard for the kinds of economic development we’ve been talking about in the area.
– Kim Love, Sheridan businessman
Sheridan County needs some stability in employment and also in assessed valuation. This would accomplish both …I think this is a win-win to keep some of our youth in the area, rather than exporting all of our youth.
– Norm Anderson, Mayor of the Town of Dayton