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EDA thanks all who helped bring jobs to GRCP

Columbia-Adair County Economic Development Authority affirms all those who helped bring in the new employer.

By Heather Spoon, EDA consultant

As with any great team, it takes several players to make things happen! Many people know by now that Phillips Tank & Structure will be constructing a building in Green River Commerce Park. But some may not realize that PTS also purchased the Joyce Reliford building on Highway 61 S to begin operations here in Adair County while construction is being planned in the Park.

The EDA would like to thank the office of Marshall Loy, attorney at law, and his staff, as well as Ms. Reliford for the smooth and seamless transaction of the purchase of this property.

Additionally, Henry Sandusky and Tracy Sandusky of Sandusky Steel, spoke at length with PTS owner Jeff Sassic during their initial visit to Adair County regarding the ability to procure steel for their fabrication here in Columbia.

Barney Taylor, Welding Instructor at Adair County High School, opened the welding shop and classroom on a late a Wednesday evening to showcase the education and workforce that would be available right here in Adair County. Anthony Janes, owner of Fabco, Inc., and Derek Nickel of Plant Cell, also pitched in and provided information and resources that PTS needed to make their ultimate decision resulting in Adair County becoming the home of their regional hub for the southeastern portion of the United States.

The EDA was contacted last week by the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development regarding a company interested in locating in Green River Commerce Park. A tour of GRCP was given to the company representatives. While this company also visited a handful of other counties, they were particularly pleased with the location of GRCP with respect to the Glendale battery manufacturing facility as well as the ground lease program currently being offered by the EDA.

The contract between the EDA and Pyles Excavating for the construction of the build-ready pad was signed on Tuesday. Work can now begin! The EDA would like to thank the City of Columbia and the Adair County Fiscal Court for helping with the matching funds for the grant that is being used for the pad and the infrastructure improvements.

The EDA is working every day to position Adair County in a way such that its residents have more quality job opportunities here at home. As more and more opportunities are made available for our community, the EDA appreciates the support of our whole community as we push toward a brighter future! While the EDA may be a quarterback of this team, there are several other players that deserve some recognition! Thank you all!

This story was posted on 2023-10-18 21:47:28
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EDA appreciates all who support jobs efforts

2023-10-18 - Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener,
Economic Development Authority Chairman Larry Walker says, "As with any great team, it takes several players to make things happen!" He asked EDA consultant Heather Spoon to write the accompanying update and thank you letter for all who have helped in efforts to bring in new jobs. Pictured from left are: Adair CJE Larry Russell Bryant, Doyle Lloyd, Walker, Spoon, Bobby Morrison, Richard Phelps, Kenzie Rowe and Mark Dykes at Tuesday's Board meeting.

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