Concrete, asphalt plant proposed for Ivor

Published 9:47 am Friday, September 21, 2012

IVOR—A Virginia-based company would like to build a $4 million to $6 million concrete and asphalt plant on Route 460 four miles west of Ivor.

AMAC would create up to 50 jobs that will pay $10 an hour for laborers and up to $75,000 to $100,000 annually for management, said Amanda Jarratt, president and chief executive officer for Franklin Southampton Economic Development Inc., which is working with the company.

AMAC has an agreement to buy 20 acres west of Sadler Road from Western Tidewater businessman Ron Parsons, Jarratt said. The property, which has fields and woods, must be rezoned from agriculture to industrial for the deal to go through.

If Southampton County officials would deny the rezoning request, AMAC will go elsewhere, Jarratt said.

“They have another site (in mind),” she said.

“Like any project, people have lots of options,” added Warren Beale, chairman of FSEDI.

The county Planning Commission will make a recommendation to the Board of Supervisors during a 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, public hearing at the government center in Courtland. The supervisors will be asked to approve the rezoning during its 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, meeting at the same location.

Jarratt doesn’t expect the rezoning to be an issue because the county’s future plan calls for the area to be zoned industrial.

Construction on the plant could begin during the first or second quarter of 2013 with operations beginning in the third quarter.

The county is also willing to provide financial incentives to AMAC, Jarratt said. Nothing will be worked out until the rezoning is approved.

Beale applauds the project.

“This location with direct access to Route 460 and the Norfolk Southern rail line makes this area prime for this type of development,” Beale said. “We look forward to a positive rezoning process and welcoming new industry to the Franklin Southampton community.”

FSEDI and Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance worked to bring AMAC here. The company could generate $600,000 in real estate, machinery and tools, and personal property taxes for the county over 10 years,” Jarratt said.

AMAC hopes to have stone shipped in by rail and plans to have a 1,700-foot spur built. Jarratt said she will seek state funds to help pay for the spur.