Limestone County Story of the Year – Local Industrial Boom

“With the addition of 2,500 new jobs, a total of $400 million in investments and the future $100 million per year in revenue that will be put back into our economy, we are very proud of what has been accomplished,” Yarbrough said. “There are exciting announcements on the horizon for Limestone County and we are looking forward to 2016.”

From The News Courier:

Athens and Limestone County have had their fair share of successes over the years in terms of industrial and retail recruitment, but 2015 could certainly be considered a banner year.

The Jan. 9 announcement that Polaris would build a $142 million manufacturing facility on Greenbrier Road was The News Courier’s top story of the year, as determined by our editorial staff. The Medina, Minnesota-based manufacturer of off-road sport vehicles is currently hiring for the local plant, which is set to start up in the spring.

Polaris will hire at least 1,700 employees, though that amount could grow if the company decides to expand its operations in Limestone County.
The winds of good fortune did not let up, however. Nine months to the day of the Polaris announcement, the Athens City Council and Limestone County Commission approved another industry, Shape Corp. The Michigan-based industry plans to invest $24 million in an injection molding facility on 34 acres off Roy Long Road in the Breeding Industrial Complex. It will hire 87 workers in its first phase and 83 more in a second phase. The average salary for the jobs is $40,000 per year.

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