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New economic development project bringing jobs to Ozark

Ozark, AL (WSFA) – The city of Ozark is gearing up for a new economic development project that will bring two new companies and jobs to the area.

“It’s been a long time since we’ve had 75 new jobs in Ozark – in Dale County of this magnitude,” said Mark Blankenship, Dale County Commission Chairman.

Dale County’s unemployment rate sits slightly above the state average at 4.1 percent. With the newest addition of companies Motobilt Incorporated and Anvil Industrial Group to the area, county leaders hope the number will continue to fall.

“He’s talking about hiring 20 – 25 people really quickly,” said Blakenship, “They seem to be really excited about it.”

Motobilt is a leading manufacturer of custom fabrication parts for Jeeps and Anvil is an industrial fabricator. The companies will relocate its headquarters and manufacturing plant to the old Petrey building on Van Huesen Drive. It’s estimated the total economic impact is over $5 million.

The companies are located in Dothan but have outgrown the space.

“We literally had guys having to work in the parking lot from time to time,” said Dan Dubose, CEO/President.

The move to Ozark will bring new economic dollars, jobs, and industry to the area.

“We are looking at adding some new technology as far as laser cutting and press brake technology,” said Dubose.

The move will take place over the next six months. As part of the incentive plan from the city and county, money will go into making some repairs at the facility before the company moves in along with money for moving expenses. The county is also working with the company to potentially allow them to take over the building instead of leasing it if they meet their hiring expectations of at least 75 employees.

Dale County leaders said they worked closely with Houston County leaders to try and keep the industry in the Wiregrass.

By Randi Hildreth| May 8, 2019 at 5:42 AM CDT – Updated May 8 at 5:42 AM

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