Closing in on the one year anniversary of the April 27th tornado that nearly wiped the town of Hackleburg off the map, progress can be seen in the rebuilding of the town’s largest employer.
For weeks after the April 27th tornado that swept through the town of Hackleburg, the Wrangler Distribution Center remained as an eerie reminder of the tornado’s strength.
Twisted metal and dangling jeans sat on the site, while corporate owners decided whether or not to rebuild.
After incentives from the State of Alabama to build back, construction crews have cleared the site, making way for an even larger plant than before.
“We’ve been here for about a month, and we probably lack about two more weeks, just getting everything ready for them to start the building,” says Stephen Pace, owner of Tri-County Construction.
Crews are using bulldozers and tractors at a feverish pace to keep tight deadlines on track.
Doug Gunnin, the mayor of Hackleburg, recently toured the construction site and is encouraged by what he’s seen so far.
“They’re shooting for one year, from the time that they start. After they get the pad built and stuff like that, putting the building up goes quick.”
Mayor Gunnin says that the distribution plant will be expanding to employ more than 200 people.
“If nothing happens, I believe it’s on the 26th is when they have their ribbon cutting day and all that there, and have a big get-together here in Hackleburg,” according to Mayor Gunnin.
Just one day shy of an anniversary that town leaders and residents will not soon forget.