COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - One of the largest employers in the Shoals area celebrated a milestone Thursday morning, SCA Tissue commemorated their ten year anniversary in operation at the Barton Riverfront Industrial Park.
Economic development leaders in the Shoals marked the celebration as their first big victory in the industrial recruitment battle.
Under a packed tent outside SCA Tissue, dignitaries state wide came to celebrate the milestone in Shoals manufacturing.
In early 2000, industrial recruiters started the process of attracting corporate leaders of SCA to an undeveloped property in Colbert County.
Three years later, the first case of paper rolled off the line.
“This was not the last one, this was the first one. You can see next door is another big facility. We saw people like Wise and Tarkett and others growing, it`s really given us a lot of confidence to become a will do community,” stated Forrest Wright, Director of the Shoals Economic Development Authority.
Wright said SCA opened the door for communities in the Shoals to work together, for the betterment of everyone in the area.
“With more than five hundred people working here, that`s five hundred checks going to the bank. Five hundred people going to the store. With vendors coming in and out, and it`s a company that will continue to grow,” explained Wright.
Since deciding to come to the Shoals, SCA Tissue has invested over half a billion dollars in the Barton facility.
As part of the celebration this morning, SCA donated $10-thousand to the Colbert County FAME Girls Ranch of the Alabama Sheriff`s Youth Ranch System.
SCA produces 185-thousand tons of tissue each year at the Barton plant.