Grayville Industrial Park Slated to Meet Investment, Job ProjectionsSeptember 01, 2014
When the Greater Wabash Regional Planning Commission announced the Delta Regional Authority’s investment in Grayville Industrial Park, planners hoped to attract over $8 Million in public and private investment and 132 jobs to the area. Now, two months later, the group has already secured commitments from seven companies to invest $6.9 Million in private funds in the complex, bringing with them 150 jobs to the community with substantial acreage remaining for future growth.
Rain for Rent is the largest employer to sign on for the 130-acre industrial park, projecting to hire 100 people at this location. Road Ranger, a full service truck stop company, will invest $3 Million building out their site, the largest private investment in the project. The other businesses committed to the park include: Western Kentucky Fluids, Gillard’s hardware, M & S Tire, Service Car Wash, and a Subway sandwich shop.
Delta Regional Authority invested $100,000 in the project for infrastructure development, paving the way for business recruitment through its investment in the park’s roads. “New and improved transportation infrastructure–such as this new road–connects people to jobs and opportunity but also directly supports local business growth in southern Illinois. We are proud to be a part of enhancing the acquisition and job creation efforts of Grayville and look forward to the impact the industrial park and its businesses will have on southern Illinois workers,” DRA Federal Co-Chairman Chris Masingill said. This investment has leveraged an additional $4.9 million in other funding for the installation of water and sewer services, natural gas, and electrical services.
"The DRA investment in Grayville Industrial Park will help build the infrastructure that will bring needed jobs to our area," said Sarah Mann, executive director of the Greater Wabash Regional Planning Commission. "Not only have these improvements allowed existing businesses in our community to expand their operations, they have also helped us recruit new businesses and new jobs."
Following the completion of these first seven business sites, the park will still have 100 acres remaining for additional development.
Greater Wabash Regional Planning Commission serves as the local development district for the DRA. Additional information on how GWRPC helps the seven-county region can be found at http://www.gwrpc.com.