The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

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March 13, 2014

County Commission to hold public hearing for Remington incentives

— The County Commission will hold a public hearing during Monday’s regular meeting to consider approving $500,000 in incentives for a firearms manufacturing plant expected to bring more than 2,000 jobs to the region by 2024.

One resolution to be presented during the hearing is a project development agreement between Remington Outdoor Company, Madison County, the city of Huntsville and Huntsville’s Industrial Development Board.

Another resolution needing approval will be a side agreement for the project between Madison, Morgan and Limestone counties, Athens, the Limestone County Economic Development Partners Inc. and the Huntsville IDB.

If Remington, which announced its plans to expand to Alabama in February, meets hiring benchmarks, the approved agreements will provide cash incentives for the company to locate at a site known as the Old Chrysler Building.

The facility is the former Continental Automotive Systems plant near the Huntsville International Airport.

The county’s portion of the agreements will be paid in three equal installments in successive years beginning with a payment this year, according to county officials.

Tom Hill, president of the Limestone County Economic Development Association, previously told The News Courier the tri-county area is attractive to industries because of the skilled workforce, transportation opportunities and quality of life.

He added multimillion-dollar investments such as this benefit not only the immediate area but the surrounding areas.

When asked Wednesday if Remington is considering an offer from Global Digital Solutions, Hill described the unwelcome bid as “a public ploy” by “an anti-gun” group to cause problems for the project.

Hill, who read aloud an email from a state official he said has talked to Remington officials, said that company officials have assured state leaders that the Huntsville project will be unaffected by Golba’s offer.

The commission will meet at 10 a.m. Monday at the Clinton Street courthouse annex.

Budd McLaughlin and Jean Cole contributed to this report.

 

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