Gateway Tire ribbon cutting

Gov. Kay Ivey speaks to a crowd during a ribbon cutting ceremony for Gateway Tire's new distribution hub on Friday morning.

Business is booming in the Wiregrass, and Dothan’s role in such growth hasn’t gone unnoticed.

Just over one year ago, the land off of Technology Drive at Westgate Industrial Park was filled with broken dirt and patchy grass. However, that quickly changed after the development of Gateway Tire Southeast. Gov. Kay Ivey and former Mayor Mike Schmitz broke the ground for the facility alongside each other last June.

On July 27 this year Ivey returned for the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new tire distribution center; yet, nothing could have prepared her for the magnitude of the building that replaced the barren, arid lot.

The $11 million allocated toward creating the facility was, “money well spent,” said Ivey.

The 200,000 square foot distribution center is a hub for tire supplies throughout the Wiregrass. Ivey said the establishment will play a significant role in the progress of economic development in the area and that the grand opening of the center “reflects commitment to help the community as well as the state.”

Dothan Mayor Mark Saliba added that without the strong relationship the city has with business developers and leaders at the state level, the progress Dothan has made wouldn’t be possible. Commission Chairman Mark Culver agreed and said, “we work together to put people to work.”

Across from the distribution center, the construction of a large freezer warehouse facility has recently gotten underway, which the city hopes can drive even more business to the Wiregrass. Though the development is in its infancy, major progress should come to the structure in the coming months.

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