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Great Lakes Metal Stamping will expand again


Great Lakes Metal Stamping, the first industry to locate in the Chambers County Industrial Park in Cusseta, is following up its recent expansion with another one.

Last Monday, the Chambers County Commission gave its  approval  for   non-educational and sales tax abatements for Great Lakes Metal Stamping on the installation of additional new equipment at its plant in the Chambers County Industrial Park at Exit 70.

Valerie Gray, executive director of the Chambers County Development Authority, told commissioners that last year the county had approved abatements for an expansion project at Great Lakes. Since then, Gray said, the company has added additional customers and will be installing even more new equipment in the plant. Gray said the company is not asking for an extension of the 10-year abatement, but is asking that a million dollars in additional equipment be given the standard abatement.

Keith Hettig, president of Great Lakes, was present at the meeting and expressed his appreciation for the support of the county during Great Lakes’ presence here. He said Great Lakes was proud to be the first occupant of the industrial park, but it now has some good neighbors that he hopes Great Lakes will be able to do business with in the future.

Eddie Adams of the Chambers County Recreational Board reported on activities at the county’s Agricultural Park and Arena. Adams said the facility gets extensive use for rodeos and horse shows, and just the past weekend hosted its first Relay for Life event.

Adams said local businesses feel a positive impact when events are held at the park, and that the board works constantly to upgrade the facilities and make it even more of a draw for the county.

He said the board would appreciate any consideration it could get when the county adopts its budget for the next fiscal year, adding that $5,000 would help a lot. The board would like to have a website for the park and additional signage to promote the facility.

In other action at Monday’s meeting the commissioners:

•Reappointed Sheriff Sid Lockhart and Richard Slay to the County Recreational Board.

•Reappointed Kenny Vines to the Department of Human Resources Board.

•Reappointed Byron Pigg to the 911 Board.

•Approved the award of the paving contract for County Road 104 and FOP Road to The Miller Group.

•Were advised of meetings of the Human Resources

Committee Monday, June 25 at 10 a.m. at the courthouse and the Ways, Rules and Means Committee Thursday, June 21 at 10 a.m. at County Attorney Skip McCoy’s office in Lanett.

•Were reminded that political yard signs are not allowed on county road rights-of-way.