The Alliance is thinking outside the box in hopes of enticing new industries to Alcorn County.
The local economic development arm is doing something it’s never done before – constructing an empty building.
“For more than a decade, The Alliance has needed and wanted to be able to offer an industrial building that was a spec building – a new building that was available for an industry to locate,” said The Alliance President Clayton Stanley. “Many times we get requests from prospective industries ... and they aren’t looking for greenfield sites, they are looking for buildings.”
This month The Alliance plans to break ground on a 50,000 square foot industrial spec building at the former Wurlitzer property on Fulton Drive.
Originally owned by the City of Corinth, the land was transferred to The Alliance for the project.
“A spec building is essentially four walls, a roof and a gravel floor,” said Stanley. “Ours will be outfitted with glass doors and windows in the office facade, and a few lights and fans. Inside it will be a wide-open space – like a blank canvas for an industry that chooses to locate here.”
The building will be easily expandable up to 200,000 square feet. It is being designed to target automotive suppliers and food and beverage companies, however Stanley said that any industry that meets the community’s investment, hiring and wage expectations will not be turned away.
Dirt work is scheduled to begin in April with scheduled completion in November. Stanley said the building will be held privately and owned by The Alliance.
“This is a bold step by the City of Corinth and The Alliance board and we are very excited about it,” he added.
Other recent industrial projects include the $140 million expansion of Kimberly Clark that will add approximately 35 new jobs.
Stanley said construction is underway and hiring has begun.
“So much of our economy is being driven and impacted by the investment and hiring being done by Kimberly Clark,” he said. “We are thrilled to be able to continue to champion a partner that has been a blessing in our community for over 40 years.”
Stanley said early stage recruitment has begun by Mission Forrest Products, the $160 million sawmill slated to open in Alcorn County in spring 2022.
He said residents should begin noticing considerable activity both at the site and around town as employees who will be relocating to Corinth begin arriving.
The Alliance also recently hosted a meeting with company officials and Northeast Mississippi Community College leaders concerning workforce development training programs that will be offered by the school.