Gov. Riley awards $1.41 million to help bring jobs to northwest Alabama

Gov. Riley awards $1.41 million to help bring jobs to northwest Alabama

MONTGOMERY - Governor Bob Riley has awarded a $1.41 million grant to help create new jobs and encourage economic development in the Shoals area.

The grant will fund improvements in the Barton Industrial Park in Colbert County and help with infrastructure needed for National Alabama Corp.  Governor Riley announced in July the company was building a manufacturing facility at the site that will employ 1,800 people.

"This grant will help pay for improvements that are needed to attract new industry and new jobs to the area," said Governor Riley.  "It took an aggressive regional strategy to successfully bring National Alabama Corp. to the Shoals, and we will continue working as partners at the state and local levels as this project moves forward."

Funds will be used to provide public sanitary sewer services to the industrial park and upgrade an existing wastewater plant to handle the additional needs of National Alabama Corp.

The improvements are also expected to help recruit other industries to the area.

The mile-long plant will be constructed on 640 acres in the industrial park.  National Alabama Corp. is a subsidiary of National Industries Inc., the parent company of National Steel Car Limited of Hamilton, Ontario.

Governor Riley notified Troy Woodis, Chairman of the Colbert County Commission, that he had approved the grant. Local funding of $417,010 will supplement the grant. The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grant.

The grant was awarded from funds made available to the state through the Community Development Block Grant program of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.