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Ivey thrilled Pike County received grant to build infrastructure for new Rex Lumber sawmill

Rickey Stokes

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Posted by: cannon
Date: Jul 05 2019 10:02 AM

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration announced that it is awarding a $500,000 grant to Pike County, Alabama, to make critical infrastructure improvements needed to support the growth of manufacturing businesses in the region, including a major lumber manufacturing facility.

This EDA grant will be matched with $500,000 in state of Alabama investment. The combined one million in government grants is expected to attract $110 million in private investment and create 110 jobs.

Gov. Kay Ivey said on social media, “I’m thrilled the @US_EDA has awarded $500,000 to Pike County to build the infrastructure needed for @Rex_Lumber’s new sawmill, which will create 110 jobs. This grant is not only going to support them, but it’s also going to bolster this region’s growing forest products industry!”

“Helping our communities implement their plans to provide the vital infrastructure that businesses need to be successful is a top priority for President Trump,” said U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development John Fleming. “This EDA investment will help build necessary road infrastructure needed to serve Pike County’s manufacturing industry and accommodate its future growth.”

This project will help to resurface approximately four miles of County Road 7714 from CR-7724 north to CR-7707. The structural improvements to County Road 7714 will make it more resilient to the heavy traffic that is expected from logging trucks.

“Rex Lumber’s new Alabama lumber manufacturing facility will not only bring high-quality jobs but will also create substantial economic benefits for the industry in the Pike County area,” Ivey said when the company made the announcement. “We’re thrilled that the company selected Alabama for this project, and we’re committed to helping this new operation succeed and thrive for years to come.”

“Our fourth-generation family owned business is looking forward to a long and prosperous future in Pike County and the great state of Alabama,” said Caroline Dauzat, one of the company’s owners.


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