The Elberton manufacturing branch of Carlisle Coatings is closing down shop at the end of the year.
With the bleak economic outlook, it seems that plans have been in the works for a few months about the plant’s closing, but the knowledge has finally gone public.
The silver lining of the plant’s closing, is that an industrial building will become available in Elbert County. Executive Economic Director Anna Grant Jones says that having an open building will be beneficial to the county.
“When you have an available building, that is a good way to get companies in the community to look. They want to look at existing buildings”, said Jones. “Even if they don’t take them, at least that gets them into the community to look, so whenever we have an industrial building to show, that’s a good thing.”
Jones said that having an available building will not stop the development authority from trying to get another spec building built out at the industrial park.
As 2012 begins to wind down, Jones said she looking forward to a good year in 2013.
“We continue to try and keep the community out there in front of the state and business. We have hopes for 2013 that there will be more business activity than we saw this year”, said Jones. “We have seen a slow down this year. We are going to continue to push for a new building, and we just have high hopes in 2013 that something will come along.”
More meetings will take place next year with the Elbert County Board of Commissioners about possible avenues to pursue to add another building to the county.