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DeKalb Co. officials continue search to re-purpose mills

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Ft. Payne was given an initial look for the possibility of the Remington plant expansion. Ft. Payne was given an initial look for the possibility of the Remington plant expansion.

Several sites in Alabama were in contention for the Remington Outdoor Company's expansion, which announced Monday it would be coming to Huntsville.

DeKalb County has approximately a dozen old sock mills available for business and industry. Fort Payne's economic development director said the city got an initial look for the Remington plant.

Several mills remain vacant, but none were submitted as a possibility for luring the gun manufacturer to the county. Jimmy Durham said they just didn't have a building large enough, and low ceilings in many of the mills made them a hard sell.

Durham said they did put in a proposal for the Jacoway property, but that would have required the company to build from scratch. He said it was also hard to lure the company to the area due to the availability of an appropriate workforce.

Having an existing building to show prospective tenants is a plus; Durham said sometimes just having one entices a business to come look. If they don't like the building, they may love the area and consider building fresh.

Durham said they also have to work to get clients to come to town. "We go to trade shows, talk to people that might be looking at relocating somewhere else and let them know about the buildings that we have available," he said.

Durham reported some recent success, saying that they plan to make an announcement regarding one of the buildings in the next few weeks.

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