MONTGOMERY— Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded a $250,000 grant to pave the way for a new industry to locate in Macon County and create nearly 300 jobs.
The Macon County Commission will use the Community Development Block Grant funds to provide infrastructure required for Trendco USA to locate in Regional East Alabama Logistics (REAL) Park. Trendco will produce high quality nitrile gloves used in medical professions.
“Trendco’s decision to open a plant in Alabama, and particularly in Macon County, is a decision that will pay dividends for the company while providing new jobs for the area,” Gov. Ivey said. “I am pleased to support this project and look forward to seeing the excellent job opportunities for area residents.”
Trendco plans to employ 292 people during the first five years of its operation in the park that is located off Alabama Highway 186 (Wire Road) and just south of Interstate 85.
CDBG funds will be used to construct an industrial access road from REAL Park to the Trendco plant. Additionally, funds will help build a right-turn lane into the industrial park from Alabama Highway 186.
The Trendco plant is the latest in good economic news recently for Macon County. In June 2023, Gov. Ivey awarded a $500,000 grant to provide infrastructure for Samkee to locate in Tuskegee’s Commerce Park. Samkee, an automobile parts supplier for Hyundai Motor Co. in Montgomery, plans to employ 170 people.
The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grant from funds made available by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
“ADECA is pleased to join Gov. Ivey in playing a role in a project that will provide jobs in Macon County and the surrounding area,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said. “I commend those local leaders that helped make this project a reality.”
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