Athens May Land New Plastics Manufacturer, 100 New Jobs

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ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) - All fingers are crossed in Athens and Limestone County. Athens, we learned Monday, is one of three sites under consideration for a new plastics manufacturer. This morning, city and county officials met to approve the pending deal.

This area is poised to become the next addition to the athens industrial complex. It's farm land now, at the end of Wilkinson Street in Athens. But it may become the site of a plastics manufacturing plant.

"This is an exciting project. Today we announced the name, Asahi Kasei of North America. It is a polyurethane plastics molding company," Athens Mayor Ronnie Marks told reporters.

The company's web site reveals it makes plastic products for the automotive, electrical and housing industries, to name only a few.  Its north American operations are headquartered in Michigan but has facilities in many other parts of the world.

There are still a lot of details to be worked out, including the site's infrastructure. "Water, sewer, roads to the park, a part of it will be getting a rail spur. A rail spur is important to them. All those details will be worked on with the state economic development project and between county and city economic development leaders," Marks said.

Farmland now, but the next crop grown here could be roughly a hundred new jobs.

Athens is one of three sites under consideration by the company. Mayor Marks says the city expects to learn the company's final decision as early as next month.