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Plant to spark new life at former Gadsden steel mill site

There will be some new life at a former steel mill site in Gadsden.
Magneco/Metrel of Addison, Ill., will be investing more than $5 million to refurbish 100,000 square feet of industrial space at the site in Alabama City, also known as the Gadsden Industrial Park, the city said. 
On Tuesday, the Gadsden City Council approved tax incentives for the company, which will create 30 jobs to start. The jobs will pay an average of $25 per hour.
“I want to thank (Director) David Hooks and the (Gadsden-Etowah) Industrial Development Authority leadership for their work in recruiting this project to Gadsden,” said Mayor Craig Ford. “This space has been vacant for 20 years, so this deal is a big win for Gadsden.
“This company will not only create 30 new good-paying jobs, but is planning to also use local suppliers, too. We are excited to see their company succeed and grow along with others as we move Gadsden forward together.”
Magneco/Metrel was founded in 1981 and specializes in providing refractory products and service for companies throughout the world. It has facilities in Ohio, Indiana, England and China.
The new project expands upon efforts to revitalize and repurpose the sprawling industrial sites along the former Republic Steel footprint in the Alabama City area of Gadsden.
“This was truly a collaborative effort on behalf of the City of Gadsden, the IDA and the owner of the property,” said Hooks. “And a special thanks goes to Spire Gas and Alabama Power for their work on this project.
“Without the combined efforts of all involved, this project would have never materialized.”

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