Former Fleetwood plant generating interest

December 10, 2008|By DAVE McMILLION

HANCOCK -- Hancock town officials said Wednesday night they have been getting interest from parties who might want to set up business in the former Fleetwood Travel Trailers Plant.

Hancock Town Council members and Mayor Daniel Murphy talked about the topic during the council's monthly meeting.

Murphy said he could not go into detail about with whom the town has talked, but he said one of the parties is from New Jersey and involved in a "distribution thing."

"We're getting some hits," Murphy told council members.

Three years after Fleetwood Travel Trailers closed the 85,000-square-foot plant on South Street, a meeting of town, county, state and federal officials in August at Town Hall looked at ways to breathe new life into the facility.

The town took ownership of the plant after former Hancock resident Stanley Fulton donated $900,000 to cover the purchase price.

Officials have been in the plant gradually testing equipment to assess conditions in the building.


Councilmember Tony McCusker said 60 percent of the plant's heaters have been successfully restarted. Murphy said the plant appears to be in good shape but needs some work, like painting and brush removal.

One drawback to the plant, according to discussion Wednesday, is that there is no internal loading dock like some prospective clients would like.

Fleetwood was one of three major employers whose job cuts left the town reeling. London Fog and Rayloc are the others.

The three companies cut close to 1,000 jobs held by people in the Tri-State area.

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