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Red Bay officials look to attract industry with site

Industrial site achieves industrial site designation
Industrial site achieves industrial site designation
Reported by: Wayne Hereford
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Updated: 7/18/2013 9:43 pm
RED BAY, Ala. (WTVA)--In Red Bay, Alabama, the city work crews have mowed the grass around the industrial park sign located just southeast of the city.

Right now, the West Franklin Regional Industrial Park is made up of 55 acres. 

Across the road there are  20 more acres.

For three years now, officials have been waiting and hoping that an industrial prospect would see what they saw when they bought the industrial park for $450,000.

But now they have reason to believe that a company, perhaps a Toyota supplier, might look more seriously at the property.
And why is that you might ask?

"We were just notified this week that our industrial park was just certified as an Advantage site," says Mayor Bobby Forsythe.

Basically that means ,he says, that the site is ready for occupation.

Officials say it has everything it needs, as far as infrastructure is concerned, for any would-be company to locate there.

"You know just as well as I do that the world we live in today is very, very competitive.  Anytime that you can get an advantage it's to your benefit.  And being designated an advantage site is a big advantage," Forsythe added.

Forsythe says that the Franklin County Development Authority did all the paperwork and jumped all the federal hurdles to get the designation.

There has even been a move to increase sewage outage on the site to allow for larger companies.

In fact, he says they've already had a couple of prospects check the site out.

The mayor says that Red Bay already has a couple of industries that trade internationally and employ thousands in the area.

But he says that a new major manufacturer would help more than just Red Bay.

"I like that," said Wesley Snell of Red Bay. "I think everybody needs to go to work," he replied.

"Once we have got all of our steps in a row, then we will be talking, and talking loud," said Mayor Forsythe.
The mayor says the companies that have expressed interest in the site so far, have not called back.
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