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Toombs Adding New Industrial Park Building
Monday, 19 August 2013

August 19--  There's about a hundred acres of land left for development in the U.S. One Industrial Park north of Lyons and the Toombs County Development Authority is planning to use a portion for a new "spec" building.

"When we finish this building, we'll have 400,000 square feet in the park with 300,000 already occupied and returning benefits to the community," says Bill Mitchell, Executive Director of the Development Authority.

The new 100,000 square foot building is expected to cost more than $2 million and Mitchell says nearly half of that is already in the bank.

"It will probably be in the $2.1 to $2.5 million range.  We've got a million dollars in the bank now and we're talking with the state to get a possible no-interest loan there.  We think we can finance it based on the land we have as a guarantee, so we thin we're in pretty good shape.

"The building we're looking at will be located right at the entrance to the park  south of Kingston Drive and parallel to U.S. One.  It's a very nice, dressed up building with a different front from the others so it won't look like a cookie-cutter approach," Mitchell says.

Mitchell says the success of the U.S. Number One Park is because county leaders committed years ago to investing one mil of tax revenue to economic development.  Even though the area's unemployment rate is above ten percent, he says it would be much higher if it weren't for the industries who came to the area because of the county's foresight.

"Not just Toombs County, but we provide employment for surrounding counties, too.  It would be much higher if it weren't for the 500 to 600 employees in the park right now who wouldn't be there had we not been able to locate Symington and Chicken of the Sea and U.S. Pet," Mitchell notes.

Officials expect a contract to build the new building will be awarded early next year. 


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