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Tom Hubbard with Regional Prime Televison interviews RCEDA Executive Director Bryant Whaley.
RCEDA Holds Leadership Training
Randolph County Economic Development Authority had a packed room Tuesday morning for the AIDT Leadership Skills training course. There are participants from the Career Center Circle of Care, DHR, Candlewick, and Clay and Randolph counties' career coach. AIDT stands for Alabama Industrial Development Training. The Leadership Skills 1 course is designed for currently employed Alabama citizens who are in leadership roles in their respective companies. There are two other course in LS2 and LS3, which will be offered at a later time."It is important that we offer training opportunities because if we do not offer training here locally then people will go somewhere that does offer training," said RCEDA director Bryant Whaley. The class is free and it is open to anyone looking to gain more leadership skills at their companies. This is not only open to large companies or organizations, but anyone is welcomed to attend. "Training like this helps a normal worker become a supervisor, then helps a supervisor become a manager ... My goal is to help our local workforce gain experience so they want to stay at their current job instead of leaving," said Whaley.
Whaley named Director of RCEDA
Bryant Whaley was hired as director of Randolph County Economic Development Authority Thursday night, Jan. 17th.The authority moved him officially into the position dropping his interim designation he has held since August 1, 2018. Whaley replaced Marilyn Lott who resigned to take a position as president/CEO of Etowah County Economic Alliance in Gadsden. Whaley was hired as interim while a hiring search was undertaken. Whaley was chosen over multiple applicants from Georgia, Mississippi and Alabama. Half of the job candidates were interviewed. Whaley, a lifelong resident of Randolph County, holds a bachelor's degree in political science and pre-law in addition to a master's degree in public administration. He earned those degrees at Jacksonville State University, where he served twice as SGA president. Whaley graduated from Handley High School in 2007. He also has retail experience as well as a background in manufacturing production."I'm excited." Whaley said, "This has been a dream of mine. I have a great love for Randolph County and look forward to continuing to pro-mote it and working to improve and move it forward for the benefit of all its citizens." The permanent position becomes effective February 1, 2019.
Steel Fab Breaks Record
SteelFab's Roanoke steel fabrication plant has broken the record for largest commercial distributed rooftop solar array in the state of Alabama. To put this in context, the plant generates more than six times more energy than the new array at NASA’s historic Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville. http://www.renewvia.com/renewvia-energy-builds-the-largest-rooftop-solar-array-in-alabama-for-steelfab-inc/
RCEDA invests into the community
The RCEDA recently allocated funds to remodel space next door to their office in Roanoke. The space was a vacated hair studio ,but it will now be used as a Community Development Center. Through a partnership with Southern Union State Community College free GED classes will offered to the community along with the YES Program. YES stands for Young Adult Education Skills and it is for individuals between the ages of 16-24 who have dropped out of school that need help with everything from resume writing to helping with job applications. Most recently, AIDT recently held a Leadership Skills training course for local industries to send employees for professional development. Plans are in place to use the space for multiple programs in the future. Bryant Whaley, Interim Economic Development Director stated, "Our goal with the space next door is to help our future workforce while offering services to our current workforce."
Koch Foods to Build $40.5-Million Feed Mill in Roanoke, AL
Roanoke, AL - October 11, 2017 - Koch Foods, Inc. will build a feed mill in Roanoke, Alabama, in Randolph County with a capital investment of $40,450,000. The plant will produce prepared feeds and feeding ingredients to support the growth of Koch (pronounced "Cook") Foods' Pine Mountain, Georgia processing plant.
Mike Fisher, Mayor of Roanoke stated, "The City of Roanoke is proud to announce that Koch Foods will locate their new feed mill here. With the combined efforts of the City of Roanoke, Randolph County Commission, and the Economic Development Authority this long-awaited project is now ready to locate in Roanoke. This company will bring new jobs and economic growth. We are fortunate to have this business and we look forward to a long working relationship with them."
"The company will hire 27 full-time employees plus an additional 19 truck drivers, with a total annual payroll of nearly $2 million," said Marilyn Lott, Executive Director of Randolph County Economic Development Authority (RCEDA). "Koch Foods' decision to locate their world-class facility here is great news for Randolph County."
Koch Foods is one of the largest poultry producers in the United States. It is projected that the new feed mill will result in the development of up to 190 new growing houses developed by contracted local farmers. Generally, farmers will develop new houses along the line separating the feed mill and the processing plant. Each facility is estimated to cost $500,000 to construct, resulting in $95 million of capital spending along with new jobs, property tax, and sales tax into the local economy.
"This major investment by Koch Foods will create 46 well-paying jobs in rural Alabama and generate new opportunities in communities across Randolph County," said Greg Canfield, secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce. "The project expands the company's already significant footprint in the state and will support the growth of East Alabama's poultry industry with many new growing houses."
"This project will bring a significant economic impact to Randolph County," said Wendell Shelton, chairman of RCEDA. "It will not only create jobs and benefit the poultry producers, but it will also benefit many other businesses in the area that will provide the feed mill with ingredients, utilities, and supplies." In addition to the city and county, Shelton acknowledged the work of several other entities that helped make the project a success including the Alabama Department of Commerce, Roanoke Utilities, the Randolph County Legislative Delegation of Senator Gerald Dial and Representative Bob Fincher, Alabama Power, and also Valerie Gray and the Chambers County Development Authority for assisting with the project in an interim capacity.
"The Randolph County Commission is very pleased to be able to participate with the City of Roanoke and the Randolph County Economic Development Authority to offer incentives strong enough to draw new industry to our county," Commission Chairman Derek Farr said. "Cooperation between the county, agencies, and our municipalities is a critical component to our overall success. We are excited to play our part in bringing new jobs and growth to the area, and we welcome Koch to our county family."