Industrial development ramping up for county

The ribbon-cutting at the Jackson Furniture plant in Myrtle Tuesday appears to be just the first in a string of industrial development-related activities in the community.

Union County Development Association Executive Director Phil Nanney gave New Albany aldermen an update on several other projects at their February meeting Tuesday.

In terms of new industry, Nanney said he had a meeting with a trucking company scheduled for Wednesday afternoon with hopes they would move into what he called the last good available industrial building the UCDA has left to offer. “That’s at 101 Industrial Drive,” he said, off North Glenfield Road. Nanney also suggested it is time for the city and county to be working toward having at least one spec building to be able to offer prospective industries.

Nanney also implied more news is coming about Toyota or a related supplier.

“There will be another announcement from Japan in the next few months and without a building or plans for one we will be in dire straits,” he said.

The director said plans are still in the works for the road in the Martintown Industrial Park and said all funds are approved for the planned road to the back of former Caye Furniture  plant. He said state officials were to come Feb. 11 to look at the site and, he hopes, give final approval.

The new road would run parallel to the railroad track from the Industrial Road area to the south side of the former Caye plant. There is a need for the road since the eastern Burlington-Northern railroad crossing has been closed in front of the plant; the only entrance is at the west end and getting to the east part of the plant involves driving through and around a maze of buildings.

“That will really open that property up,” he said, “and also help the police chief by reducing traffic on a residential street.” The only other way to the east part of the old plant now is by driving through Rolling Hills Subdivision.

Nanney reminded aldermen of the ribbon-cutting for the new Myrtle Town Hall Monday, Feb. 10, from 2 to 4 and invited them to a planning meeting with Thompson Engineering at noon Feb. 19 for city and county leadership only.

He also gave them an update on the UCDA monthly breakfasts for industrial CEOs and human resource leaders. “They have been well-attended,” he said and he plans to continue them. “Representatives from the Mississippi Development Authority will be there next Thursday,” he added. The breakfasts are usually at 7:15 a.m. in the Magnolia Room at the civic center and the meeting is over at 8 a.m.

“There is more stuff under the radar and we will have more announcements soon,” he said.