Sessions sees port on river, big building

By The Democrat Reporter staff

The Democrat Reporter of Linden, Alabama

Hybart native Jeff Sessions talked inside the 100,000 square foot heavy industry building on the Tombigbee River west of Demopolis.

He talked Thursday, May 30, about how the building will be needed by an industry and everything will be ready for it.

As the U. S. Senator heard Mayor Mike Grayson and Economic Development Director Brenda Tuck talk about the railroads on the property, Sessions quipped, "Yep. The Frisco used to come through Hybart. It's Norfolk Southern now."

As Jason Pendergrass talked about the 5,000 airport runway which was recently resurfaced and the various other facilities at the full service airport, Sessions asked about the area it served. Pendergrass explained that East Mississippi traffic depended on the airport as does Sumter County and the other surrounding counties.

Tuck continued with the listings of the assets of the internodal complex as Mayor Grayson has named it. There are several hundred acres next to the site or nearby that is owned by the city.

She said the highway access is important and 1-20 is only 22 minutes away. She isn't sure how the airport can develop industry, but it can facilitate access to the cite for industrialists.

Just west of the site is Saltwell Chip Mill, part of the Rock Tenn paper mill. Mountains of logs are being watered down to preserve them until they are chipped for the paper making.

Keeping the senator focused on the port facility, Tuck described the ten ton cranes in the building which are ready for use. She mentioned the eaves heights for Sessions in case a large machine needs to be installed inside it.

The junior senator from Alabama was over an hour late as he detoured from Thomasville enroute to Demopolis via Ezell's Fish Camp.

A tour of the old building which housed Vanity Fair and then New Era Cap Company was scrapped, thanks to the mayor of Thomasville getting all the time' he could with Sessions.

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