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Survey to measure plant closure’s impact

Survey to measure plant closure’s impact
The potential relocation of the Milan Arsenal will not only impact its immediate region. With several employees located in Greenfield, that impact will be far-reaching into Weakley County as well.
Area chambers of commerce have joined forces to find out what the true economic impact will be if hundreds of jobs at the Milan Arsenal are relocated to a sister plant in Iowa.
In Oct. of 2008, American Ordnance announced plans to relocate most production jobs to Iowa and turn the Milan plant into a logistics center, which has yet to be clearly defined.
A study called an Environmental Assessment (EA) has been performed by a third party with preliminary findings stating that relocating hundreds of jobs from Milan to Iowa will have “no significant impact” on the surrounding geographical areas. This study has yet to be made public, but once released, residents and business owners will have just 30 days to respond to the results.
This week, select Chamber of Commerce members in Gibson and Carroll Counties received a survey in the mail asking a series of questions.
To determine how wide-spread the economic impact will be, businesses, municipalities and individuals in Weakley County are asked to also participate in the study.
The survey can be found online at http://www.cityofmilantn.com/chamber-of-commerce.
“We (Weakley County) stands behind any efforts made to keep people with jobs in Weakley County,” Weakley County CEO of the Economic Development Board Ronnie Price shared.
“While this specifically impacts West Tennessee, Weakley County will be hit with the relocation as citizens will lose jobs and the county overall would lose tax money,” Price added.
Price encouraged people across the county to help with the survey efforts.
“We encourage every business in West Tennessee to fill out a survey and return it as soon as possible,” said Milan Chamber of Commerce President Victor Parkins.
“This could be the only chance you have to be heard in Washington,” he said. The surveys must be completed by April 30.
The Milan Chamber of Commerce will compile the survey data to be presented at a later time.
“We want to compile as much information as possible so we can quantify an accurate assessment of the true socioeconomic impact we’re going to feel if the arsenal leaves West Tennessee.
“The future of the Milan Army Ammunition Plant may very well depend on the results of this effort, so please take a few minutes and participate in this study,” Parkins added.
Editor’s note: Victor Parkins, editor of the Milan Mirror Exchange contributed to this article.
WCP 4.15.10

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