3rd groundbreaking is the biggest
City of Clinton officials joined their partners today for the 3rd groundbreaking in 90 days - this one signifying that 700 acres east of the city is now available to show economic development prospects.
"This will be our only Class A industrial park," said Jon Coleman, executive director of the Laurens County Development Corporation. "We had one, and now it's a little thing called ZF (Transmissions Gray Court).
Today's groundbreaking celebration was for road construction at the I26 Commerce Park, on Hway 72 east of Clinton. On Friday, the city conducted a groundbreaking for Streetscaping Phase IV around the MS Bailey Municipal Building. Earlier, the city conducted a groundbreaking for a development-ready dirt pad, which is completed, adjacent to the I26 Commerce Park. The city is working on havinbg spec buildings constructed on the pad site, and at the commerce park.
Heavy machinery working at the site shut down for a few minutes for the groundbreaking ceremony. "The Mayor said, 'That's the sound of progress,'" Clinton City Manager Frank Stovall said. In addition to Coleman and Stovall, speakers at today's ceremony were Mayor Bob McLean; Dale Satterfield, city public works director, invocation; Laurens County Council Chairman Joe Wood; Randy Garrett representing Laurens Electric Co-op; Collie Lehn, Advantage Clinton; and John Montgomery, representing Pacolet Milliken, real estate developer for the site.
Representatives of the Power Team, SC Department of Commerce, Congressman Jeff Duncan's office, Piedmont Technical College, County Council and County government, the LCDC board, and site preparation companies also attended today's groundbreaking.