Multiple public documents identify the new company previously only known as Project TNT as Zinc Oxide LLC. The startup company has purchased the former Wabash Alloys facility on Printwood Drive in the William D. Field-Dickson County Industrial Park and plans to eventually create up to 55 new jobs. While company representatives have yet to officially announce their plans, multiple documents presented to the Dickson County Commission, Dickson City Council and Dickson County Industrial Development Board identify the company. According to its website, the company will produce zinc oxide, a metal-based inorganic compound commonly present as a white powder that is widely used in numerous household products. The company plans to produce as much as 40,000 metric tons of zinc oxide annually to be used in the rubber, tire, pharmaceutical, cosmetic, oil additive, ceramics, electronics, glass, plastics, latex, paint, tape, adhesives and fertilizer markets among others. The founders of the new company are based in Houston, Texas, but the Dickson plant is its first manufacturing presence, representing a $25 million investment. The company’s website says it plans to begin production in the first quarter of 2014. Within the first few years, the company proposes to create up to 55 jobs with an average annual salary of $46,000. A company official has said Zinc Oxide will be paying above-average wages because it requires a higher skilled workforce and wants to hold down turnover. The Industrial Development Board gave final approval to an incentive plan for Zinc Oxide last week. Under the seven-year PILOT plan, the company will lease the Dickson facility from the board while making graduated payments in lieu of taxes until it is taxed at 100 percent beginning in the eighth year. Company officials say they hope to fill a market that was vacated by the recent closing of a large producer in Pennsylvania and chose Dickson because of its central location to much of its user market, which will help hold down shipping costs. The company says the new Dickson plant is the first zinc oxide manufacturer to come online in the last 20 years. Its website says the company will utilize what is known in the industry as the French Process method to produce zinc oxide from high grade and special high grade zinc metal as well as from recycled zinc.