Economic Development opportunities on the horizon for city and county

By Joseph McCain The Winston County Journal

Business is good for Winston County and Louisville.

Winston County and City of Louisville is making plans to be even better for business to increase the business in the community.

Louisville Mayor Will Hill noted that the city and county were working with the Winston County Economic Development team to help bring businesses to Winston County.

“Most recently, the city and county adopted a new solid waste plan to help OTR Tire Recycling locate in the city,” said Mayor Hill.

OTR is awaiting MDEQ approval of the plan and of the plant the new OTR facility could mean about 20 jobs for the area.

The city is also working with MDEQ to help get the Louisville Railcar Repair up and going as soon as possible. At present, the project is seeking clearance for about 60 yards of railroad track and area that are on the former American Creosote site that is needed.

“We are looking at several obstacles to get the project completed,” said Mayor Hill.

The Louisville Railcar Repair business could be up to 30 jobs.

Hill did note that the City’s trans load facility which is a unique project in the country was being well used by local industries to off load and on load materials and equipment to the railroad transportation.

“It is a real economic development tool for the community,” said Mayor Hill.

The railroad area may also offer another economic development tool as the City works with Jake’s Recycling to on a land swap to move his business and the city take over the property near the Transload facility which would give the city another industry plot of land to market.

The city working with the Winston County Economic Development Partnership also recently arranged to help cleanup and market the former Louisville Brick Plant property which could lead to another business locating in the community and adding jobs according to Mayor Hill.

Mayor Hill also complimented the businesses and industries that continue to be the backbone of a productive Louisville and Winston County.

“Our goal is to spur business growth throughout the county. Winston County is the place where collaboration, talent, and momentum abound for business growth and success. We want the business world to know that and our own citizens to embrace it,” said Winston County Chamber director Linda Skelton. “Every person in our community is an ambassador for our economic growth.”