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Company is coming to the Golden Triangle

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Updated: 9/24/2013 9:01 pm
COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) -- Golden Triangle economic development leader Joe Max Higgins gears up for more industrial company after he and others landed a Yokohama Tire plant in Clay County.

"Quite frankly, we're seeing a pretty big uptick. It's not going through the roof, but we've got at least 12 legitimate deals, and there's a whale in there. There's one that's in the hundreds of millions of dollars," Higgins said.

Mums the word on who, but Higgins is more than willing to talk strategy.

The approach includes a spec building.

"We think that gives us an advantage because we have property that's ready to go. Water, sewer, electricity and a building (are) already there, so when a company makes a decision to go into an area, it's ready to go," Golden Triangle Development LINK Chairman Gordon Flowers said.

"It's not uncommon for there to be any floor, minimal electric wiring, minimal heat and ventilation — just to keep the mold out — and the roof and the walls are complete. It's kind of a house that's not finished," Higgins added.

Expect more of the same. Two more spec buildings are coming — one in Lowndes County and the other in Starkville. Both will be between 75,000 and 100,000 square feet that can double in size.
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