The Mooresville Industrial Park on Thursday shared its $50 million plans to create a site for future industries.
The new site will be off Interstate 65, north of Decatur. It will give an economic boost to the rapidly growing Limestone County.
“Things are going very well here in North Alabama, and it’s not something that just happens overnight,” said Mac McCutcheon, speaker of the state House.
Construction has already started on two of the buildings. The former cotton field is growing its own new purpose.
“We are looking to grow the area through commercial and industrial space,” said Kerrick Whisenant, president of Limestone Building Group.
Several companies have already communicated with the owner of the industrial site to potentially move into the upcoming spaces. More than 400,000 square feet is available.
“We are talking to companies all the time that are ready,” said Eddie Hill, Mooresville Industrial Park owner.
Although, with the new structures comes the need for skilled workers. North Alabama is home to plenty of industrial schools, technology programs and colleges.
“There's plenty of workers in the area," Hill said. "It’s a matter of getting them comfortable in what they are doing and getting the skills they need to do the job.”
Right now, the biggest hurdle isn’t finding workers. It’s the supply chain shortages. Timing and money are also big components in the operation.
“Energy costs have gone up, and that’s driving the cost of steel,” said Whisenant. “The metal packages for each of them have also been slightly delayed.”
Although there are supply chain shortages slightly affecting the park, everything is on course right now. The two buildings already started will take six months, while the construction of all the other buildings will take up to a year and a half to complete.