The Jackson County Council approved $9.5 million in tax abatements, including one that could create 30 jobs, for three local companies during a meeting last week.
Crane Hill Machine & Fabrication received approval from the Jackson County Council for 10-year tax abatement requests totaling $4.1 million for a new building and machinery. Two structures at the business were destroyed after a fire on New Year’s Eve.
Marshall Royalty, who owns the business with his wife, Erin, appeared before the council alongside Jackson County Industrial Development Corp. Executive Director Jim Plump to make the request on a $2.6 million building and $1.5 million in machinery.
Plump said he was impressed with how the Royaltys have handled the situation they have been dealt. Some employees are working at a temporary location, and the business has kept all 42 employees on payroll.
“It would be easy to take two steps back after something like this, but they just jumped back in it,” he said.
Jackson County REMC’s request was for a $5 million 6,000-square-foot addition to its existing building at 274 E. Base Road, Brownstown. The project is expected to create 30 new jobs.
Brownstown Quality Tool & Automation’s request was for $400,000. J.R. Cummings and Jesse Wheeler, co-owners of the business, said they plan to renovate a 7,200-square-foot building and construct a 60-by-64 addition at the location near the Brownstown Industrial Park. The project is expected to start Feb. 1.
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