Thursday, September, 22, 2005

Industries, developers moving to Marshall
• Work resumes on Hwy. 4 bypass

Staff Writer

Lamsal LLC is one of the most recent development groups to put its money into new ventures in Marshall County with the purchase of 827 acres of land in the northern portion of the county.

The developer - whose name is derived from the states Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama - recently applied for rezoning of the property which is situated on the south side of Highway 302 between Barringer Road and Mt. Carmel Road, according to Bill Renick, Marshall County Industrial Development Authority director.

I-269 will divide the property, he said, and commercial property will face Highway 302.

The west side of I-269 in the property was rezoned for residential use and contains sites for single-family dwellings with minimal enclosed space of 2,400 square feet. Condominiums and some commercial businesses near interchanges will be built along the frontage of the west side of I-269. On the east side of I-269, industrial sites will be sold with the interstate serving as a buffer zone between industrial and residential areas, Renick said.

Along 302 just east of Barringer Road a new 40,000 square foot building is going in to house Mid-South Ag Equipment Inc. The facility will be used to assemble and manufacture Case International Ag Equipment.

“They receive the chassis and assemble the equipment and ship to dealers all over the South,” Renick said.

Mid-South Ag Equipment Inc., will relocate its Memphis facility and employ about 50 individuals initially, he said.

As far as the outlook for continued growth in North Mississippi and the state as a whole in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina at the end of August, Renick said Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) is optimistic.

“I think the legislature will have to take a look at the status as a whole,” he said. “I talked with Gray Swoope, CEO for MDA, last week and he said we have to do what we have to do for the hurricane victims. They are calling the prospects we have to make sure they understand we are moving ahead with all our projects. That includes all our (Marshall County’s) projects. He said, ‘The state is open for business.’ ”

Around Holly Springs work has begun on completion of the Highway 4 bypass. Construction workers began clearing land to get ready for building the road bed last week starting at the bypass tie-in at West Holly Springs Exit.

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