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January 24, 2014

‘Project Rock-n-roll’ denied by Suwannee commissioners

Company seeking to locate at catalyst site turned down

Live Oak —

The Suwannee County Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously 5-0 Tuesday night at their regular meeting to deny an offer by “Project Rock-n-roll” to locate at the catalyst site. The board cited concerns regarding the capital investment, number of potential jobs created and the price offered for the property as their reasons for denying the proposal.

According to County Administrator Randy Harris, the proposed company, referred to as “Project Rock and Roll”, was seeking 24 acres at the catalyst site. Harris labeled the company as a supplier of construction related material.

The company offered Suwannee County $8,000 per acre. Commissioner Jason Bashaw said he believed the property was worth more than the proposed offer.

“We have to recoup what we have invested out there or at least close to it,” Bashaw said.

The company originally submitted vague information to the county. When Harris requested more information, he did not receive it until Friday before the meeting, so the documents were not attached to the commissioner’s agenda packets. The documents received stated the parent company and its subsidiaries currently employ nine people. 

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

The company planned 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 proposed to hire eight warehouse operators with an average salary of $27,850. The company also anticipated hiring five drivers with an average salary of $41,000.

The capital investment in connection with the project was 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.

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