Employment news is always great to hear and I love being the one providing it.
The Industrial Development Board built Spec Building 4 with the idea of hiring a company to create jobs in Warren County. A warm outlook appears on the hook.
The main question at this point is whether West Warren Viola Utility can handle the sewer needs that this business will require. An agreement is currently being negotiated. The company submitted a proposal and the IDB then requested more information on the company’s sewer needs.
“We try to bring businesses here and then our little sewage plant can’t handle it?” asked IDB Fellow Ryan Lorance.
West Warren Viola Utility made a presentation to the IDB last month when the sewer issue was discussed. Utilities representatives explained that the problem is not in sewage treatment, as the plant is operating at half capacity. The problem is getting it to the factory.
IDB officials seem to think a deal is very possible for Spec Building 4, which offers a glimmer of hope for more jobs in Warren County.
“We were already asking them for construction quotes because they want to expand before they even get here,” said IDB Executive Director Don Alexander. The specification building is 50,000 square feet with the capacities to easily expand to 100,000.
If a deal is reached tomorrow, it will likely take another year before sewer needs are met before the company can begin operations.
“I think we are a year apart. I let them know that from the start and they’re still very interested,” Don said.
THE NOVARES BUILDING WISHES TO BE SOLD
Miniature Precision Components moved into the Mt. View Industrial Park and established a solid business before being acquired by Novares two years ago.
Novares, a French company, has made the decision to close its factory in Warren County. Now it looks like another company is ready to step in and take over a very similar operation.
The activity is plastic injection molding for the automotive industry. What that means in terms people can understand is that it’s the molded parts of your car that are plastic. This includes things like the dashboard and underhood washer fluid reservoir cup holders.
It seems that another company is buying the Novares building and some of its equipment.
“I know they’ve already spoken to the Novares workforce and most of them want to stay,” Don Alexander said. “It’s a very similar product and that’s all I can say.”
To finalize the sale, Novares will exercise its option to purchase the building from the Industrial Development Board. Once Novares successfully purchases the building, it will be sold to this new super secret society.
Transactions like this take time and Don estimates that they will not be completed before the end of the year. I can’t believe I let 2022 sneak up on me like this. We’re already heading into June and talking about things that won’t be done until the end of the year. What happened?
OZZY LOPEZ ON A ROLL
Ozzy Lopez purchased our local Carquest from the national chain and it is now under independent ownership as Ozzy’s Auto Parts/Carquest. This will serve to make him more agile and stronger.
Ozzy is a go-getter and determined to take Carquest to new heights. It’s the only auto parts store on the north side of town and can get any part for any car, truck, or tractor.
“If it’s out there, we can get it,” Ozzy said.
He says Carquest specializes in heavy-duty parts because that’s what customers want. He said that includes tractors, large farm equipment and semi-trailers.
“We serve the commercial and nursery industry,” Ozzy said.
The spare parts sector is particularly in demand due to the shortage of used cars. There are also few new cars rolling off the assembly line due to supply chain issues. So people have to fix what they have and keep what they have running. There aren’t many choices.
Carquest offers delivery, and Ozzy says a lot of people don’t know that they also make hydraulic hoses and service rotors and flywheels.
Carquest is located at 1614 Smithville Hwy. Hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
Ozzy’s story wouldn’t be complete with just Carquest. He has also been a Botanico employee for 25 years and currently ships overseas to the nursery. Ozzy also purchased the former John Deere property at the intersection of Smithville Highway and Mitchell Road. He continues to operate a business there called Ozzy’s Truck and Trailer Repair.
Qualified mechanics Blaine Blankenship and Blake Newby assist the shop and they can fix anything that is wrong. They repair agricultural equipment, small engines, passenger cars, diesel engines, semi-trailers, etc.
Blaine is a smart guy and he got his associate’s degree in diesel farm mechanics. As a special service, they will repair on the spot if you cannot bring the equipment to them.
Ozzy said he was thrilled to have this repair shop and to keep the once thriving John Deere dealership location alive and healthy. Hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday. The phone number is (931) 934-1317.
INDUSTRIAL AND GARBAGE BOARD
If you’ve read the newspaper a lot in the last couple of months, you know there’s trouble with two county convenience stores in Morrison and Smartt Station. Both centers are on railroad property and must go.
That conversation spilled over to the Industrial Development Council’s monthly meeting on Thursday where county officials asked IDB members if they would consider giving the county 1-2 acres of land for the city’s largest convenience center. all the time.
It would be located in the Mt. View industrial park, which turns out to be the biggest problem. IDB members did not seem to embrace the idea of a county dump in the industrial park.
“We encourage people to settle in the industrial park because they know there are rules and regulations that will be followed,” said IDB President Trevor Galligan. “You run into problems when you start creating exceptions.”
Morrison Mayor Sue Anderson attended and made it clear she didn’t want Morrison’s convenience center to move an inch.
“The people of Morrison are not in favor of moving him,” Sue said. “My phone has been ringing since this was mentioned.”
It is not a question of desire. You can’t always get what you want.
But sometimes…you get what you need.
County Executive Jimmy Haley made an appearance at the meeting to say the county has been repeatedly warned by state environmental officers that the Morrison site is non-compliant in due to garbage leaking into a nearby stream. There have been warnings so far, but the fines are as follows, Haley said.
TDEC could also decide at any time to stop Morrison’s outreach center.
“They might come and padlock the site and say you can’t use it anymore,” Haley said.
IDB Director Don Alexander did not seem to favor giving the county land in the industrial park. IDB members even started suggesting other sites as possibilities to further express their lack of interest in donating land to the county.
County Commissioner Steven Helton attended and pointed out that the county was not asking for a 100-acre farm. That statement didn’t sound any more convincing than anything else. The Industrial Development Board doesn’t seem too likely to give the county the land for its dream convenience center which, oh by the way, could also be on wetlands.
THAT’S ALL PEOPLE
There were several topics I thought I’d cover in this week’s restaurant and construction column, but it never happened. There’s always next week, or the next.