Lindale invests in its economic future
POSTED: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 - 4:47pm
UPDATED: Friday, March 18, 2011 - 11:40am
When it comes to the economy, there hasn’t been much good news lately.
And small towns like Lindale are usually hardest hit when the national economy goes south. But instead of hunkering down to wait out the storm, Lindale is making a down payment on the future. Lindale is building an industrial park.
Lindale Mayor Jim Mallory and Economic Development Board Chairman Don Hines say this 120-acre tract just off Interstate 20 near the Target distribution Center will soon be buzzing with activity.
After the infrastructure is installed, the first tenant will occupy 40 acres of the site…a green power plant. Decker industries has signed a purchase option agreement for a biomass power generating facility that essentially runs on wood chips.
The city has a matching grant from the Commerce Department for $850,000 and the total cost will be $1.4-million. It’s perhaps symbolic that the week ground is broken on the industrial park, and all city offices are now housed in a new, modern City Hall, the old wood frame City Hall is being torn down.
It’s a sure sign of a town that has ripped off the rearview mirror and stepped on the gas.