Gov. Ivey makes second trip in a month to Dothan

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Dothan, Ala. (WTVY) - “Alabama’s indeed, open for business”, said Governor Kay Ivey during her visit to Dothan Wednesday.

Ivey and a number of elected officials including Dothan Mayor Mike Schmitz and Houston County Chairman Mark Culver broke ground on a new tire distribution center planned for Dothan. Gateway Tire will be a distributor of tires for cars, trucks, and heavy equipment.

"To be at a groundbreaking that's going to bring quality jobs to our state and there's a strong indication this company might even expand so that's exciting to”, said Ivey.

Initially 30 jobs will be created but Gateway said expansion could come down the road. The building is 200,000 square feet and is expandable to 340,000 square feet. Dothan beat out major cities including Jacksonville, Florida.

"We didn't want to skip over an area to go to a place like Jacksonville,"said Dennis King, the Vice President of Corporate Operations.

Florida's loss is Dothan’s gain. Gov. Ivey was all smiles when she ceremoniously helped begin construction. For the second time in a month she's been here to announce jobs. She was here in June when International Beams decided to call Dothan home.

Gateway hopes to be open in less than a year. They considered moving into an existing building, but after working with Chamber of Commerce President Matt Parker the company decided to build from the ground up.

"After talking with Matt we decided that it would be better for us to build with the incentives and things they gave us", said King.

Construction could begin in a couple of weeks.

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