Robby Brown, Heflin Mayor, announced that a new tenant would be moving into the city’s industrial parks during Tuesday night’s meeting, a report said.
In the report, Brown claims that a superstore for recreational vehicles will create 90 jobs and invest $20 million in the industrial park. Brown said that he couldn’t reveal the name of the business but stated that the new business would be located on a 30-acre parcel. He didn’t give any timetable for construction or opening the business.
The Heflin Industrial Park can be found at exit 205 of Interstate 20. Barbaras, a California-based textile business, was announced as the park’s first tenant in June. The facility will house 30 workers and measure 60,000 square feet.
According to the report, Brown stated that the RV Supercenter’s annual sales are expected to generate $100 million.
Another significant commitment is being made to the industrial park. This will involve a further $20 million investment and will result in 75 jobs, the report added.
Tammy Perry and the mayor stated that they are actively seeking out any business, big or small, to help them recruit, according to the report.
Brown stated in the report that they are just knocking at doors and “looking for the smaller guys as well, Tammy has reached to Waffle House, and we’ve reached to Zaxby’s.”
In the report, Brown stated that he will meet with U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Saks) and State Senator Randy Price (R-Opelika) today to discuss the industrial park as well as the recruitment of businesses.
Unanimously, the council approved a resolution authorizing $1,059,000.00 in industrial access grants through the Alabama Department of Transportation for the construction of an access road to the industrial parks. Although the grant was granted to the city in June, the council must approve it. Brown stated that the city would not be required to fund the road, but the city’s Industrial Board will need to pay for engineering fees and legal fees.
Also, the council unanimously voted to appoint a mayor to apply to the community development block grant for the extension of the water and sewer lines to the industrial park, the report said.