UPDATE - City of Dothan & Houston County to Make Joint Economic Announcement on Thursday

UPDATE -- 4:45 a.m. - 4/2/2014

The city of Dothan and Houston County have scheduled a joint economic develop announcement for Thursday.

Dothan Mayor Mike Schmitz says a national company based in Florida will be coming to Dothan.

He says the company will not be building a new facility but instead renovating an existing building.

Schmitz has not released the name of the company or how many jobs it will bring to the area, but he says it's another major step in the economic development of the area.

"We got to have jobs especially in this difficult times it is important I'm proud we have been working on it but I'm really proud that we are at the point where they are going to move here," said Schmitz.

Schmitz adds Thursday's announcement is not connected with the US China Manufacturing Symposium.

The official industry announcement is scheduled for 11 a.m. in the Dothan Civic Center Arena.

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UPDATE -- 11:15 a.m. - 4/2/2014

The City of Dothan and Houston County have called a joint press conference for Thursday morning at 11 a.m. City and county leaders are expected to make an economic announcement at that time.

The announcement will follow specially called meetings by the Dothan City Commission and Houston County Commission. Thursday's announcement will be made at the Dothan Civic Center.

WTVY's Cynthia Washington spoke with Dothan Mayor Mike Schmitz about the announcement. While he would not indicate what type of business is coming to Dothan, he did tell News 4 the announcement will mean jobs for the area.

Watch WTVY tonight for the latest information.

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Dothan, AL - For the past few months much of the focus has been on bringing international investment to the wiregrass.

However, Dothan Mayor Mike Schmitz says he’s been working on a deal with a U.S. Manufacturing Company for more than a year. He has high hopes to close it within the week.

Still, last week’s manufacturing symposium may lead to more jobs in the future. Schmitz said it couldn’t have gone any better.

“It far exceeded my expectations. The people in our community really embraced our guests. They felt welcome. They left here and they’re now ambassadors for our city and our community. I’m very, very pleased.”

According to Schmitz, several companies left with a strong interest in the Wiregrass.

“Nothing concrete, but we have LED lighting companies that are talking about manufacturing or a distribution center. We have textile companies who have been here and are looking at buying the cotton from our farmers.”

Although they may be showing interest, others signed on the dotted line.

Dothan 3D, a printing company; WIPFLE, a manufacturing consulting firm; and the Sozo Group are taking their first steps to open in Dothan.

“This is going to take a while to blossom. But it’s going to blossom,” said Schmitz.

And once it does, the message sent overseas will be invaluable.

“When they see our community is doing the steps like this and will have the professionals ready to help them succeed in our community. It’s important to them. So therefore they’re open to us,” said Schmitz.

Dothan 3D is in the first stages of creating a U.S. company. It could be three months before they begin hiring.


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