PIKE COUNTY, Ala. (WTVY) - Governor Kay Ivey announced more economic development in Pike County.
Rex lumber company, a premiere sawmill facility, out of Graceville, Florida, will create one hundred and ten jobs.
Marsha Gaylard, President of Pike County Economic Development says, "jobs are the reason we try to recruit companies, so the people in pike county and the surrounding area will have an opt in to better themselves"
This comes after the announcement of Conecuh Whiskey Distillery last September and Kimber Guns in January.
"We were thrilled when they announced that they had chosen Pike County," said Gaylard.
What makes this company special, are the benefits it brings to timber growers.
She says, "there’s not been a sawmill here and when timber growers cut their timber, it then has to be hauled about 90 miles away which lowers the price that the timber growers can get for their timber."
Which aided in Pike County being chosen out of other cities in Mississippi and Arkansas.
"They were looking for an area with lots of timber, Pike County has probably the largest wood basket in South East Alabama." Said Marsha.
So when can we expect construction to begin?
Gaylard says, "This Company is on a very fast track. With today's announcement and the signing of all the documents the timber crews will actually start tomorrow to clear the site.”
The new home for Rex Lumbering Company will be located off of county road 7714 and county road 7724.
That's about 2 miles north of the Troy airport.
The ground breaking for the new facility is set for June 1st. Jobs for Rex Lumbering Company are not posted at the moment, but jobs for Kimber can be found on their website or indeed.com.