Sep 11 2008
By Dale Liesch
The city of Dadeville will receive a grant totaling over $400,000 for improvements to the water system at the William Thweat Industrial Park.
U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) announced that the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) would award $459,500 to the City of Dadeville for the installation of a 16” water pipe from the city to the industrial park, which would allow for better fire prevention capabilities for industries using the park.
“It is critically important that local communities have the infrastructure necessary to encourage economic growth and attract new businesses,” said Shelby. "Improvements to the Dadeville water system will allow for additional growth at the William Thweat Industrial Park, resulting in more jobs for Alabamians.”
Susan Monroe, Dadeville’s grant consultant said the water pipe would allow KwangSung America and Sajun to continue with expansion plans, which would bring around 270 new jobs to the area.
“Without fire protection their liability would be too high to continue to do business here,” said Monroe. “In order to protect the investments we needed to build the water line.”
Monroe said the line not only benefits the companies currently housed at the park but it will also help with future needs by bringing in new business as well.
“Having an adequate water line to the city will help serve the needs of future industry in the park,” said Monroe. “Those needs could not be met without the addition of the water line. It’s just going to make it a better place for business.”
Executive director of the Lake Martin Economic Development Alliance, Don McClellan said the addition of the water line would definitely help when attracting new business to the industrial park.
“It would certainly help to have all the utilities in place,” said McClellan. “When companies look at locating locally we can now tell them we have everything in place.”