Jobs Ahead

The Houston County Commission Monday is expected to authorize crews to prepare a site for a new large refrigerated warehouse that could create more than 50 jobs when fully operational.

The food storage and distribution facility was discussed Thursday during the Houston County Commission Administrative meeting. The commission will have to formally approve the site work during its regular meeting Monday morning.

The warehouse will be built near the intersection of Westgate Parkway and Technology Drive and will provide about 70,000 square feet of storage space with the flexibility to expand if needed.

Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce President Matt Parker said the warehouse will be built to unique specifications for refrigerated warehouses, which could be used to attract ancillary businesses.

“As best we can tell, as far as this specific type of standard, there are less than five in our tri-state area,” Parker said. “We believe this is a niche that sets us apart from the area and could attract other businesses.”

Parker said the initial investment is $14 million and the average rate of pay for the jobs created would be about $15 or $16 per hour.

“We think it’s a neat project. We’re glad to get it,” Parker said.

The project will also qualify for a few incentives allowed by law and Parker said the project will also receive some state discretionary incentives.

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