Atmore Plans Incentives To Land New $82 Million Ag Processing Plant With 100 New Jobs

July 1, 2020

The City of Atmore is working to lure a new industry that will mean about 100 new jobs and millions of dollars invested in the community.

Mayor Jim Staff said the city plans to offer incentives to locate to locate an Alabama farmer-owned agricultural processing facility in Atmore. It will have a capital investment in excess of $82 million and will create at least 100 new full time jobs with an anticipated average hourly wage of $17, exclusive of benefits.

Staff said Atmore is partnering with the State of Alabama to land the industry.

The city is offering tax abatements and land for the construction of the facility and a railroad spur to service the plant. The state is offering cash rebates for jobs credits and investment tax credits for the capital investment in Alabama. Additionally, the state is offering direct cash reimbursement for training costs and additional in kind services by the Alabama Industrial Development Training Office.

The City of Atmore also intends to apply for grants which, if awarded, will allow the construction of an adjacent rail transfer yard which will service industries in Atmore and in the surrounding region with the ability to transfer products between highways and railways in a cost effective manner.

Projections show a direct impact of retail spending from payroll over the first 20 years of over $39 million and an indirect impact of over $28 million. The city is expected to receive a direct impact in retail spending from payroll in taxes of over $1 million and an indirect impact of over $700,000.

Complete details, including the name of the facility and their exact product, have not yet been announced. photo, click to enlarge.


8 Responses to “Atmore Plans Incentives To Land New $82 Million Ag Processing Plant With 100 New Jobs”

  1. Tabby on July 4th, 2020 11:03 am

    @Bill Williams– Your comment shows exactly what’s wrong with this country. The article doesn’t say a “starting wage of $17/hr”. It says “an average wage of $17/hr”. BIG difference.
    So I’ll end like David Huie Green

    Tabby for better reading comprehension.

  2. Bill Williams on July 1st, 2020 12:00 pm

    Any type Jobs will be better than NO jobs. And $17 p/hr is a good starting wage for this area..

  3. Gedunk on July 1st, 2020 10:53 am

    So… Just what kind of agricultural processing plant are they considering. Is that code for a Chicken Processing plant?

  4. Lies and D**M Lies and then statistics on July 1st, 2020 9:34 am

    Correct, the City “lost” 2,000 people when it de-annexed the prison. If you back that out and then look at the 2010 Census and then the most recent Census Bureau American Community Survey, the City is probably up 900 +/- people.

    NOTE: took the article down because their statistics were flawed.

  5. Nikki on July 1st, 2020 9:25 am

    They need a new hospital

  6. Mark on July 1st, 2020 9:09 am

    Well one big problem is that there is some wealthy citizens in the area that doesn’t want this kind of industry in the area. A poultry plant tried to setup in the area a few years back but these wealthy citizens worked against it thinking it would bring in illegals. It would not only bring in jobs to the plant but would create more jobs in the cattle and grain industry. I hope Atmore will think about the community and not just a handful of rich people!

  7. CW on July 1st, 2020 9:06 am

    @the real truth

    While I don’t doubt Atmore has lost population, you can’t really go by the last census due to the fact that the city de-annexed the prisons. I remember when the prisons were annexed, and it artificially boosted the city’s population by about 2,000 people.

  8. The real truth on July 1st, 2020 6:48 am

    Atmore could really benefit from this investment. However it is not going to replace the 1000 + residents that have left the town in the past decade! According to a recent article was posted that listed the fastest declining cities in Alabama and Atmore was #3 on the list. How many more is Atmore going to lose in the next decade.
    Make Atmore GREAT AGAIN!