Suwannee Democrat


January 20, 2014

Update: Proposed company seeking to locate at catalyst site

Discussion and possible action tomorrow night, 6 p.m.

Live Oak — Discussion with possible action will be taking place tomorrow night, Jan. 21, at the Suwannee County Board of County Commissioner’s regular monthly meeting regarding the purchase/sale of catalyst site property. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. The agenda for the meeting shows the item is number 16 on the list under general business.

According to County Administrator Randy Harris, the proposed company, referred to as Project “Rock and Roll” is seeking 24 acres at the catalyst site.

Harris, who labeled the company as a supplier of construction related material, said the commissioners did not receive the information in their agenda packets.

Information received

Documents obtained from the company stated the parent company and its subsidiaries currently employs nine people.

According to a brief description of the project by the company, it will be freighting material to the facility; preparing and packaging, and shipping of local and imported natural resources.

The company plans to create 13 new full-time equivalent jobs at the Suwannee County site, with a projected average salary of $33,000, excluding benefits. The company proposes to hire eight warehouse operators with an average salary of $27,850. The company also anticipates hiring five drivers with an average salary of $41,000.

The capital investment in connection with the project is estimated at $1 million. This includes the construction of a new 7,000 square-foot facility, buying new equipment and more.

The company stated they are also considering Oklahoma and New York as potential locations.

Decision pending

“The company is requesting a decision from the board tomorrow night,” Harris said. However, Harris said a decision might not be reached since the county did not receive the company’s information until late Friday evening.

“I requested some information regarding the company’s plans for the catalyst site and it didn’t come in until late Friday,” Harris said.

The commissioners could make a decision as early as tomorrow night or postpone making the decision until more information can be gathered. 
Further information on the proposed company has not been released due to confidentiality.


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