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Lee grows, residentially and commercially

April 23, 2004

Lee County- Wal-Mart built its new store in Lee County three years ago, and now the county's new industrial park is about to get a new tenant.

Merts, a manufacturing plant, is expanding and doubling its workforce from 30 to 60. The company, which builds batch plants that make concrete, is moving the Oakland Meadows Business Park on Highway 82.

Merts is just one of many businesses looking to move to Lee County's first industrial park. That's changing the county's reputation for being a bedroom community. "However 80 percent of our jobs or eight out of ten jobs a day leave the county to work," said Chamber Director Brad Lofton. "So, we feel like we want to create additional job opportunities so that we can allow our residents who live here to work here, that is very important to us."

It's projected the 144 acre industrial park will be full in one or two years. Consultants from Georgia Tech are already working with Lee County leaders to find a location for phase two of the industrial park.

Possible new sites are Smithville and Leesburg.

posted at 5:00PM by dave.miller@walb.com

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