Athens City Council members agreed to give a $33,000 cash grant to Carpenter Technology so the company can renovate a building at the old Delphi plant and bring in 50 more jobs.
This will be the second Carpenter facility in the area since the company already built a 500,000 square foot, $518 million plant at the corner of U.S. 31 and Thomas L. Hammonds Road in southern Limestone County.
City Council members voted 5-0 this week to approve the grant. Under the agreement, the money must be used to cover capital expenses (bricks and mortar), which have not yet been specified.
Carpenter will combine the city’s $33,000 with a $33,000 grant from the Limestone County Commission and a $34,000 grant from Economic Development Partners of Alabama, a nonprofit organization. The $100,000 total will be used to renovate Delphi building 23 for the company’s $20 million superalloy powder facility. The powder manufactured there will be used by Pratt & Whitney of Madison for aircraft engines.
In exchange for the grants, Carpenter has agreed to hire 50 new employees at the facility.
Renovations are set to begin in the middle of August or the first part of September, with production set to begin in 2015, said Tom Hill, director of the Limestone County Economic Development Association.
In other action this week,
Council members took the following action:
• Agreed to reappoint Marselle Leopard, Johnny Crutcher and Clare Middleton to six-year terms on the Industrial Development Board, which end May 29, 2020;
• Agreed to reappoint Cherry Ann Ward and Ida Terry to three-year terms on the Historic Preservation Commission, ending May 31, 2017;
• Agreed to spend $5,000 to restripe Edgewood Road from Elm Street/Alabama 99 to the northern city limits. After receiving complaints from motorists about the barely visible striping in the curve near First Union Church on Edgewood, Councilman Wayne Harper reported the problem. Public Works Director James Rich opted to restripe the entire section of road;
• Authorized Athens Utilities to accept the lowest hourly bid from Trees Inc. to do line clearance and tree maintenance;
• Authorized Athens Utilities to accept the lowest bids for line clearance and tree maintenance pertaining to various circuits in the city. Winning bids came from W.A. Kendall, six circuits; East Coast Right of Way, one circuit; and Lewis Tree Service, two circuits.