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April 14, 2014

Athens plant adding 11 new jobs, other projects on horizon



Honoring grandfather

Medlen’s grandfather, who died of cancer April 5 at age 75, would be happy to see the company he built expanding.

“He was a relentless, brilliant man, businessman, engineer and salesmen all together who worked 24 hours a day to create the business,” said Medlen, who grew up around the plant and worked there in high school. “He did the research and development, the sales, the investing and obtained the patents for products that are now considered industry standards.”

In addition to sirens, the company makes ambulance door-grabbers, I.V. bag holders as well as products for boating, trucking, trailers, street lighting and other uses and sells them worldwide, Medlen said.

“We do thousands of parts and we are growing every day,” he said.

Council members agreed to abate total of $51,137 in taxes, including $32,361 in property tax over the next 10 years and $20,776 in sales tax during the construction period. The project is expected to generate a total of $41,661 in taxes for Athens City Schools over the 10-year period.


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