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Yokohama impact being felt in Clay County

Reported by: Susan Parker
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Updated: 10/21/2013 8:55 pm
CLAY COUNTY, Miss. (WTVA) -- Sara Hurst opened a restaurant in West Point just over one year ago.

She's seeing some new faces these days.  They're construction workers.

"A couple of them will get the double patty. I don't see how they eat it, but they do," Hurst said.

She's hoping for more people with large appetites.

"We hope it picks up a lot more after they get lot more people here," Hurst added.

People are moving dirt daily in and out of the rural Clay County plant site which will be the home of Yokohama Tire Corporation.

Columbus Lowndes Development LINK spokesperson McCaulay Whitaker says the number of construction workers is expected to gradually build.

She says those workers are expected to spend money on rental housing, food and other essentials.

"You're actually starting to see the work commence and see that the dirt is being moved, so I think that's very exciting for the residents of Clay County," Whitaker said.

Clay County Supervisor Lynn Horton says this is a win-win situation.

"The hotels, the restaurants — just good for the economy here in the city and county."

It may be good for the owners of at least two new recreational vehicle parks in the works.

One of those parks is being prepared to accommodate up to 150 recreational vehicles often used as housing by construction workers and others.

Supervisor Horton says the board cleared the way for RV parks because there is not enough rental housing in the area to meet a growing demand.

That's a good problem to have if you ask Sara Hurst.

She's happy to experience progress and eager to see more.

"People around here can get a job. They don't have to go off. Hopefully everybody around here will be able to get one," Hurst said.
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