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Red Bay business receives $200K grant

Red Bay is in the process of adding its second business to West Franklin Industrial Park, and one Community Development Block Grant is going to help.

Southeast Sales is receiving a $200,000 grant to construct its 45,000 square foot facility and provide street and sewer improvements at the 21-acre site.

“We are just really excited about the whole process of building and moving over there,” said Southeast Sales general manager Don Ross. “We are very thankful for the help in this endeavor.”

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs will administer the grant with funding through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

“I love any time that I get to go to Montgomery and talk about bringing industry to Red Bay,” said Red Bay Mayor Charlene Fancher. “We are so thankful to hear about this grant and the great things it is going to help accomplish here in Red Bay.”

The City of Red Bay has committed $42,850 in matching project funds.

“As mayor of Red Bay, it gives me great pleasure to bring additional jobs and revenue to our city, and this grant will make this opportunity a reality,” Fancher said.

Rep. Jamie Kiel said he has made it his mission to stand up for small businesses like Southeast Sales and assist with creating jobs whenever possible.

“Southeast Sales is a growing company with solid leadership, and I was happy to assist with the grant,” Kiel said.

Southeast Sales is anticipated to employ 25 workers. It is currently located in downtown Red Bay with 14 employees.

“You come to expect good things from a town that produced the likes of entertainers Tammy Wynette and Mac McAnally and businesses like Tiffin Motorhomes,” said Gov. Kay Ivey. “I am delighted with the expansion of Southeast Sales, and I look forward to its growth and prosperity.”