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Concrete, asphalt plant proposed for Ivor

Published 9:47am Friday, September 21, 2012

IVOR—A Virginia-based company would like to build a $4 million to $6 million concrete and asphalt plant on Route 460 four miles west of Ivor.

AMAC would create up to 50 jobs that will pay $10 an hour for laborers and up to $75,000 to $100,000 annually for management, said Amanda Jarratt, president and chief executive officer for Franklin Southampton Economic Development Inc., which is working with the company.

AMAC has an agreement to buy 20 acres west of Sadler Road from Western Tidewater businessman Ron Parsons, Jarratt said. The property, which has fields and woods, must be rezoned from agriculture to industrial for the deal to go through.

If Southampton County officials would deny the rezoning request, AMAC will go elsewhere, Jarratt said.

“They have another site (in mind),” she said.

“Like any project, people have lots of options,” added Warren Beale, chairman of FSEDI.

The county Planning Commission will make a recommendation to the Board of Supervisors during a 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, public hearing at the government center in Courtland. The supervisors will be asked to approve the rezoning during its 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, meeting at the same location.

Jarratt doesn’t expect the rezoning to be an issue because the county’s future plan calls for the area to be zoned industrial.

Construction on the plant could begin during the first or second quarter of 2013 with operations beginning in the third quarter.

The county is also willing to provide financial incentives to AMAC, Jarratt said. Nothing will be worked out until the rezoning is approved.

Beale applauds the project.

“This location with direct access to Route 460 and the Norfolk Southern rail line makes this area prime for this type of development,” Beale said. “We look forward to a positive rezoning process and welcoming new industry to the Franklin Southampton community.”

FSEDI and Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance worked to bring AMAC here. The company could generate $600,000 in real estate, machinery and tools, and personal property taxes for the county over 10 years,” Jarratt said.

AMAC hopes to have stone shipped in by rail and plans to have a 1,700-foot spur built. Jarratt said she will seek state funds to help pay for the spur.

  • mpbills

    We need jobs and we need income. Even if it is only for ten years that gives job experience to people that would be getting it at McDonalds! At least this way the county gets something and while it maybe a band aid, it is better then what seems to be in the works at the moment.

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  • poundcake

    With a plant in Waverly, Windsor, Suffolk and Petersburg already in operation do we need to let a temporary plant be setup just to give the a tax break lasting just till the project is complete to pack up and moved to the next big job. I think you need to support the locally owned and tax paying businesses .

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  • fransped

    It is my understanding that the plant and the jobs will be here whether the new Rt. 460 project happens or not. The facility would serve this geographic area for years to come.

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  • hawkeye

    Yep, I think they are coming just for the 460 project. You can put up portable plants without having the state help fund the expenses. ‘Cause after the project is done, bet they’ll be gone. What about helping the existing companies in the area expand with some of those state funds?

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  • Makalani

    Don’t know how long it would stay down but they can always pave the new 460 highway with gold instead of asphalt!

    Seriously — the asphalt/concrete has to be made somewhere! The locals may as well derive whatever benefit they can in the form of wages — taxes paid to local govts despite the truck traffic — noise and/or pollution. No pain no gain!

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  • Dakota01

    bring it on

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  • Second Opinion

    Makes sense if you are going to build the new private expressway better know as the 460 project. Now how long will the plant be opperational AFTER the road is done. Lets see , a five year construction timeline on the highway leaves the county about 5 years short on the revenue projection + the perks (deductions) added in. This project smells and it’s not coming from the concrete.

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  • Second Opinion

    Getting approved. Hummm. Well that explains the RR spur under construction. opps!

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  • Sinoptik

    I see by the poll that one in four are against any industry coming into the area. I bet they’re the one who complained the most about the county’s finances.

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  • kingradman

    interesting story? I wonder about the noise. smells ? are there any? Not opposed to idea, but questions

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    • zuni1

      Haveing worked in the industry, I can tell you that these plants are relatively quiet and have limited smells. You might smell some bitumin (tar) when the trucks are being loaded or the bitumin is being off-loaded, but it is no worse than a hot road on a summer’s day. If the plant is kept tidy and watered down, the dust will be minimal as well. The biggest noise will be the sound of back up alarms and truck engines. This area is designated on the Comprehensive plan for future industrial, so the rezoning will be in line with the comprehensive plan. However, I have to concur with a previous poster. I hope they do not give them too many concessions, because when the 460 project is over, they will probably pull out.

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