Opp to get 80 new jobs

Published 12:00am Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Eighty new jobs are coming to Opp by June 2016.

The Opp City Council on Monday entered into an agreement with the Covington County Economic Development Commission, the county commission, Covington Electric Cooperative and Alabama Aerospace Manufacturing and Georgia Aerospace and Defense Manufacturing.

According to the project agreement, the company has agreed to lease and remodel the AAM building for no less than five years and invest no less than $3 million to modify and equip the facility.

Renovations are to begin no later than July 1 and operations are to begin at the faculty no later than June 30, 2015.

By the end of this year, the company has agreed to 20 new full-time employees, with a base wage of at least $21,754 a year.

Mayor Pro Tem Arlin Davis said he hoped the business would help improve the economy some.

“Ernie DePrinzio worked hard to make sure we got this,” he said. “The utility board also stepped up.”

Opp Mayor John Bartholomew excused himself from the special meeting Monday due to the fact that he owned a controlling, 70 percent interes,t in the Opp company at the time that it was acquired by Georgia Aerospace.

During two special called meetings in April, the Opp City Council and Utilities Board each agreed to pledge $50,000 towards a special account that will be used to help defer the costs of moving equipment and personnel to Opp for Georgia Aerospace and Defense Manufacturing.

Additionally, the Covington County Commisison will contribute $80,000, while CEC will contribute $100,000.

 

  • impernail

    I’m always for new jobs, and I congratulate Opp mayor and council in their efforts. However, when I served as mayor of Red Level, the powers that be (wherever those powers may be), decided to remove the train sidetrack from Red Level, and moved Red Level’s more than 100 year old sidetrack to Opp for “Perihelion”, a project that went “bust” before the first grain of corn was ever processed in the so-called bio-fuel business that was supposed to provide so many newj jobs. The rail workers that took up our sidetrack told me that they were told that. 40 gondolas full of corn per day would be passing through Red Level whenever the business would be in full production.
    The irony is that now,there is no rail service to Opp, and Red Level, which does still have rail service no longer has a sidetrack, which greatly reduces our chances for any rail-based industry in our community. Red Level was a paying member of the Planning Commission during my tenure as Red Level mayor, and other than lip service, we never got any real consideration for our economic development.

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