County discusses new industry that could bring 100 jobs to area

Published 12:04 am Tuesday, November 18, 2014

NATCHEZ — The Adams County Board of Supervisors authorized its attorney Monday to work with a company that could bring 100 jobs to the area.

The details of the industrial prospect were largely kept behind closed doors, with the supervisors citing the state law that allows discussions of business prospects to be had in executive session.

Natchez Inc. Executive Director Chandler Russ said the agreement could result in the sale of the main warehouse on the former International Paper property along with approximately 30 acres to a company in the manufacturing sector.

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If finalized, the sale would result in a $40 million investment and 100 jobs, Russ said.

The process, however, is a long way from complete, he said.

“We are a long way from finalizing any bill regarding it,” Russ said. “We are making sure we have the authorization to move ahead, sub-divide the property out along those lines and continue to move through the due diligence phase of the site buildings regarding this client.”

Adams County Board of Supervisors President Darryl Grennell said the board is subject to a confidentiality agreement and who the company is cannot be disclosed.

The warehouse was not one of the buildings on the IP site for which the county had previously authorized demolition. The county has owned the IP site since August 2013.

In a separate matter, the board authorized Slover to work to clarify mineral rights on a piece of county-owned property as part of an economic recruiting effort.

“The original owner of that property owns the mineral rights, and we need to get some clearance on that because we have a prospect looking to locate on that site, so we need to get the title work cleaned up,” Grennell said.

Grennell said he did not know a timeline for when the projects might move forward.