Statement issued by the Adams County Economic Development Corp.:
New Prime, Inc. – a division of Prime Inc. from Springfield, Missouri – will be the first business to locate in Decatur's Certified Site Ready Industrial Park III. Prime has signed a preliminary contract with Bunge North America for transportation and logistic services. At the December 7th meeting for the Decatur City Council the abatement process was begun with John Hancock's request for a declaratory resolution designating the land Prime will purchase as an economic revitalization area. Hancock noted that Prime hopes to be operational by June of 2011 creating 45 to 47 jobs with investments over $6 million at the Decatur site.
Adams County Economic Development Director, Larry Macklin remarked that this "is a huge development for Decatur." The Certified Site Ready status of the industrial park helped "seal the deal" as Hancock said that if the industrial park would not have been ready for immediate occupancy Prime "would not be here." Macklin commended, Mayor John Schultz and all in the city government for their foresight and efforts in creating the park and making this a reality.
The public hearings will be held on December 21 at 7:30 pm for the declaratory resolution and 8:00 pm for the purchase agreement.