A new industrial development is coming to the Wiregrass.
Local leaders hope this project can be a big boost to the economy.
It may not look like much now, but in time, a peanut field in Cowarts will be home to a 25,000 square foot industrial building.
“With this Cowarts project we're able to get a federal grant to build a road and put water and sewer in that development and open up future property for development as well. That's a boost for the town of Cowarts and Houston county,” said Matt Parker, Dothan Chamber of Commerce President.
Site work is underway for all metal roofing and siding incorporated on Highway 84 East and Broad Street in Cowarts.
The business will manufacture metal components for buildings all over the area.
“Well it's always good to get manufacturing jobs in there because not only do you get the direct jobs with that but you always have the multiplier effect of 3 to 4 jobs for every job created in manufacturing so you get that run in the economy and it creates a lot of economic activity,” added Parker.
“It's very exciting that we have good activity going on we have the Publix development going on or course Country Crossing is developing then this new metal manufacturing operation,”
Parker says the Wiregrass' economy has remained strong during the economic recession.
“The area is doing is better than the rest of the nation right now. So it's good to have that activity. I think we're going to see more movement in our economy because there have been a lot of things a lot of work done in the past year,”
Parker says initially, the business will employ about 15 people.
He hopes eventually, they'll be able to fill dozens of jobs.
“Everything is moving fast and they hope to be in production by the second quarter of 2010,”
Tthe federal government is paying for 80% of the road, water, and sewage project.