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County approves state grant application for concrete plant

September 28, 2000

County approves state grant application for concrete plant



By SCOTT BUTKI / Staff Writer


The Washington County Commissioners have approved an application for a $500,000 Maryland grant for a concrete paving stone company that is building a new plant.

The grant is for Pavestone Inc., based in Addison, Texas, which is building the new plant along Interstate 81 in the Crossroads Corporate Center, owned by Tiger Development.

The plant will create about 90 jobs, said Tim Troxell, assistant director of the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission.

Money from the Community Development Block Grant fund, if the grant is approved, would pay for plant equipment and extension of a sewer line. Under the state grant, more than half of the jobs created at the plant would have to go to low- to moderate-income people.

The company would be required to pay back part of the grant, said county Community Development Coordinator Joe Kuhna.

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Construction has begun on the 30,000 square foot manufacturing building, Troxell said. The company also plans to build a 5,000 square foot administration building. Troxell and Kuhna said they don't know when the work is to be finished.

Of the $500,000 grant, $350,000 would pay for the company's machinery and equipment costs, and the rest would pay costs associated with the hookup and construction of a low-pressure sewer line.

The company, which employs more than 1,000 people, makes pavers, edgers, retaining walls, landscaping systems and erosion control products. Its largest customers include Lowe's and Home Depot.

Yvonne Hope, president of the Washington County Historical Trust Inc., spoke against the grant request, saying there are more important county projects than the Pavestone plant.

The county should be working harder to bring in higher-paying jobs, Hope said.

About 20 of the 90 jobs will pay about $9 an hour, Planning Director Robert Arch said in response, but the average wage for the jobs will be closer to $12 an hour.

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