The West Industrial Park, located off the 68/80 Bypass, needs a little work to help make it more competitive for future industrial growth. A portion of the park leaves question from the sky as arial maps do not paint an accurate picture of the property’s rich resources.
Tom Harned, executive director of Logan Economic Alliance for Development (LEAD), came to Tuesday’s fiscal court meeting first to thank the body for their supporting economic growth in their county, second to bring the good news that LEAD had been awarded a $200,000 TVA grant recently, and a $17,000 reward for participating in TVA’s many programs.
“We have had an outstanding year and I appreciate fiscal court and the county for its support. Economic development can not do what we do without the community’s support,” said Harned, who motioned Champion Petfood’s $122 million dollar investment in Logan County and Logan Aluminum’s $240 million dollar expansion.
“The West Industrial Park is one of the best properties we have,” said Harned. “But we are just not quite there yet.”
Harned said they are very competitive with the park, but it never seems to make the final cut.
“When industries chose a site, it’s a process of elimination,” Harned told the court. “We get to the final cut, but we don’t make it.”
The reason Harned said is due to a portion of the property that looks like a quarry from areal maps, when in fact it’s a surface that used to be used by Scottys Construction as an asphalt plant.
“We need to do some work on this area,” Harned said.
Total cost for the project is anticipated at $600,000.
The property is some of the best in the state, said Judge Executive Logan Chick. It and has access to rail, electric, water, sewer, and highway.
To contact Chris Cooper, email [email protected] or call 270-726-8394.