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February 17, 2015
Gov. Bentley awards grant to add, preserve jobs in Opp

Gov. Robert Bentley has awarded a $99,292 grant to help preserve 20 jobs and provide 20 more in the city of Opp with the expansion of an aerospace and defense manufacturing firm.

The Community Development Block Grant will fund infrastructure improvements needed by Georgia Aerospace and Defense Manufacturing. The company, which produces parts and products for airplanes and helicopters, is upgrading and expanding the facilities of an Opp business it recently acquired.

“Whether preserving existing jobs or creating new ones, my administration is dedicated to expanding employment opportunities for Alabamians,” Bentley said. “I commend community leaders in Opp and Covington County for their efforts to provide the services needed for economic growth.”

 The grant will address drainage problems along Douglas Street where the 87,000-square-foot plant is located. By installing improved sewer lines, water that floods the parking lot and street will be diverted away from the area, according to engineers.

The Newnan, Ga.-based Georgia Aerospace anticipates a $3 million upgrade of the Opp facility. 

Bentley notified Mayor John Bartholomew that the grant had been approved. The city is providing $24,823 in supplemental funding for the project.

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grant from funds made available to the state by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. ADECA administers a wide range of programs that support law enforcement, economic development, infrastructure upgrades, recreation, energy, water resources, job training and career development. 

Contact Jim Plott or Larry Childers

For more information, visit:  http://www.adeca.alabama.gov/