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Carlsen Precision Manufacturing adding to its construction site

The Development Authority of Floyd County agreed to sell additional property in the Floyd County Industrial Park for a new Carlsen Precision Manufacturing plant.

The Canadian-based firm announced plans in September to invest $5 million in their first U.S. plant in Rome.

The company asked to additionally purchase about 1.25 acres, bringing the total up to 8.37 acres. DAFC attorney Scott Smith said the company needed the additional acreage in order to construct a detention pond for stormwater runoff from their plant site.

Carlsen is paying $5,000 an acre for the site.

The DAFC also authorized Ken Wright, director of business and industry services at the Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce, to administer a program allowing food trucks to set up in a publicly-owned picnic area near the entrance to the industrial park.

Smith said that part of the stipulations allowing use of the area include proof of insurance and an agreement regarding use of restroom facilities.

“It’s a win-win situation I think,” said Chairman Mike Mathis. Smith said the industries in the park have expressed interest in having the food trucks visit the area, but did not necessarily want them to set up directly on the various industrial properties.

Heather Seckman, the chamber’s economic development director, told members of the authority that she has shown the 40-acre site in the industrial park off U.S. 27 South to several different companies recently.

“They like it because it’s already zoned for heavy industrial use, it’s in an existing industrial park and it’s got full utilities,” she said.