Thursday, October 2, 2014
Teamwork on display
Ronnie Joe Bennett, president of the Marshall County Board of Supervisors, got the most laughs Wednesday when he talked about the honor of being on the podium with the “big dogs.”
He was seated with Gov. Phil Bryant, U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, Rockwool International CEO Eelco van Heel and ROXUL president Trent Ogilvie.
But as he and the other speakers recognized, it took “the big dogs” and “the little dogs” to pull off this deal – ROXUL selecting Marshall County, Mississippi, for its first manufacturing plant in the United States of America. It is the leading manufacturer of stone wool insulation in North America.
Many of those individuals and other special guests were on hand September 24 for the grand opening and ribbon cutting of the 600,000 square-foot facility located just off Cayce Road in the Chickasaw Trail Industrial Park.
It’s huge, but’s only a small part of an area of Marshall County and neighboring property in Tennessee that is on the verge of explosive growth.
At a recent community meeting in Cayce, Justin Hall, executive director of the Marshall County Industrial Development Authority, said Chickasaw Trail is “one of the hottest spots in the state” when it comes to economic development.
State Sen. Bill Stone quickly added, “Probably one of the hottest ones in the country.”
ROXUL officials believed that – for sure.
They heaped praises and more praises on the state and local officials for their cooperation and teamwork through the site selection and construction process.
It made me feel good to sit under the tent Wednesday afternoon, snap lots of photos and hear good things about Marshall County over and over and over again. I know I was smiling and I saw lots of others with their faces aglow.
The success story of ROXUL selecting Marshall County is a true testament to teamwork.
It’s a true testament to persistence and hard work.
It’s a true testament to caring about Mississippi and Marshall County and trying to make our state and our county and our municipalities better for our children and grandchildren.
It’s about wanting to be able to find good-paying jobs right here at home and be a part of building a better Mississippi, Marshall County and region.
When Sue Watson and I left the ROXUL celebration Wednesday afternoon, we took time to drive by ASICS, which is expanding. Workers were busy on the site – another success story in Chickasaw Trail Industrial Park. It’s right across the road from Exel, also going strong.
Then we made the short drive to another construction site near Highway 72, which the Volvo Group has selected for its central distribution center for the Americas. It expects to start moving into the new facility this winter and move one brand at a time. It will eventually carry all market products for all Volvo brands of heavy truck equipment in North America and create about 250 jobs.
Chickasaw Trail Industrial Park has it all – location and infrastructure. But even more importantly, Chickasaw Trail Industrial Park has teamwork.
If we keep working together for the good of all of Marshall County, whether it’s Holly Springs, Byhalia, Potts Camp or any of our communities, the sky’s the limit.
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