NEWCOMERSTOWN -- A New Jersey company looking for a home in the village's industrial park could bring as many as 20 jobs to the village, the Mayor Pat Cadle said.

Reagent Chemical Co., Ringoes, N.J., is hoping to build a transfer station in the park, he said. The development would mean from 15 to 20 new jobs in the community. Of those, about half would be truck drivers and the balance would work at the station.

Once completed, the station would accept hydrochloric acid by rail and transfer it to trucks that would then transport it to its final destination.

"They're the largest distributor of hydrochloric acid in the country," Cadle said. "One thing that impressed us was their safety record. Their safety record is outstanding."

Cadle and other village officials have done their due diligence in checking out the company. For example, a contingent from the village traveled to Institute, W.Va. to examine a similar facility.

Also, George Brode, president of the Newcomerstown Community Improvement Corporation, has thoroughly researched the company, Cadle said.

At this point, the village remains in the contract phase with the company.

The mayor was uncertain of how long would be the period between the conclusion of negotiations and the start of operations at the station.

"The first thing that we would have to do is build a railroad spur from the tracks and across County Road 15 to the site," he said.

He estimated that the spur would be about a quarter of a mile in length.

Village residents will have the opportunity to learn more during a public meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 30, at 7 p.m. in the Library Annex on Main Street.