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Leaders remain mum on rumored Utah County plant

PROVO (Deseret News) — County leaders maintained their silence Thursday regarding an apparently planned paper plant for southwestern Utah County, while calling a press conference to instead explain how the area has been planned for future growth.

Up to 750,000 people could someday live in the Goshen Valley now accessed by U.S. 6 and state Route 68, Utah County Commissioner Larry Ellertson said.

"Right now your only neighbors would be jackrabbits and occasionally Mormon crickets," he said.

A published report identified the paper plant developer as First Quality Enterprises Inc. of Great Neck, N.Y.; however, neither state economic development officials nor county officials would confirm the report. Calls to the company for comment were not returned.

First Quality Enterprises makes adult incontinence diapers, children's diapers, feminine hygiene products, baby wipes, adult washcloths, tissues and paper towels under various brand names.

"There is no project that for certain is coming to this area," Ellertson said.

"Nobody's committed to go out there," Commissioner Gary Anderson said.

Officials say they signed a confidentiality agreement with whomever they are negotiating not to reveal the name of the company.

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