City’s water board awarded $500K grant
by Daniel Gaddy
Nov 27, 2012 | 2844 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The City of Jasper’s water board was recently approved for a $500,000 grant to fund an upgrade to water services at Tom Bevill Industrial Park.

Gov. Robert Bentley’s office announced the grant approval Monday.

The Jasper Water Works and Sewer Board has pledged $127,000 for the project.

The improvements consist of a 16-inch water pipe running along Industrial Parkway. They will ensure that two expanding companies — Fontaine Trailer Co. and AMTEX — will have sufficient water supply to meet manufacturing and fire protection needs.

Fontaine Trailer Co., which manufactures heavy-haul platform trailers, will create 100 jobs with its expansion. AMTEX, which produces carpet and interior trim for automobiles, will add 75 new jobs at its expansion site.

“New jobs not only demonstrate the success of a company, they also are a tribute to the workforce and community,” Bentley said in a press release. “I congratulate these companies on their expansions and I am proud to support the efforts of community leaders to provide jobs for Alabamians.”

Jasper Mayor Sonny Posey said that even though water board officials applied for the grant, it’s great news for all of Jasper.

Funds from the Community Development Block Grant originate from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs determines which grant applications and projects to recommend for Bentley’s approval.