Friday, August 14 2009
BOONVILLE, Ind. — The Warrick County Industrial Park outside the county seat was underutilized for years with several properties idle.
"We've filled all but one of the sites, and we've got three people coming to look at that remaining space," Larry Taylor, the director of the Economic Development Department, said Monday.
"We're starting to see the results of the county's investments in infrastructure."
Prime Foods, a company that processes egg products and salad bar supplies, "has been up and running on about eight acres for some time now," Taylor noted.
Troyer Foods, a food distribution company, purchased a lot in the industrial park as did American Cold Storage, a frozen foods distributorship.
"All of a sudden, there's a lot of activity," Taylor said. "For years, Warrick was one of the fasting growing residential counties in the state. Now businesses are moving in to service those new residents."
Taylor credits better roads for the improved economic climate.
"It used to be that Morgan Avenue in Evansville to Boonville was pretty much a twisting two-lane road. Now there's a four-lane highway completed past Chandler with construction going on toward Boonville. It's much easier now for trucks to get where they want to go."
Taylor anticipates a late summer opening of Brentwood Meadows, an addiction and mental health facility near Castle High School.
"From what I've been told, it's a rehab center in the mold of a Betty Ford Clinic. They'll hire something like 50 employees and those will be very good jobs."
Taylor said the facility represents an investment of about $4 million.