Shoals Industry Recruiters Trying New Approach

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FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) - It’s become no secret how competitive the world of industry recruitment has gotten in this modern age of technology and transportation.

Cities, counties and even state leaders put together proposals to entice industry to locate into a particular region.

The Shoals Industrial Development Committee has recently taken a new approach to recruiting industry and jobs to north-west Alabama.

“We put a program in place that also allows our existing industries to go through the proper channels, create new jobs, and we will compensate them based on creating those new jobs,” said Florence Mayor Mickey Haddock, who sits on the SIDC board.

He uses the recent announcement by vinyl flooring manufacturer Tarkett as a prime example of what helping existing businesses can do for job creation in the shoals.

According to Haddock, Tarkett’s parent company was looking to relocate in Houston, Texas or a location in Ohio.

“If we had not sat down and negotiated and worked this deal out to get those 125,” said Haddock. ”Who knows five years from now the 175 jobs we had, may be relocating somewhere else as their plants grow.”

And Haddock added, the incentive packages that are handed out are a way to help shore-up the relationships they have with existing businesses for the future.

Tarkett Flooring will be getting $250-thousand from the Shoals Industrial Development Committee to help with renovation and expansion of their Florence plant.

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