Baldwin County has big plans for Mega Site despite losing auto plant
BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WPMI) —
The South Alabama Mega Site in Baldwin county may have fallen just short of it is bad for $1 billion auto plant but county leaders aren't losing sleep over it.
The 3,000 acre property, located in Bay Minette, is now the only side of its kind left in Alabama and official say new projects are already in the works.
County leaders say the most likely candidate for the site would be in the aerospace industry and it's not a matter of if, but when.
Baldwin County officials aggressively pursued a proposed 1.6 billion Toyota/Mazda auto plant and offered the site as well as economic incentives, the likes of which aren't being disclosed at this time.
In the end, the car manufacturers narrowed down numerous offers from various states and chose a site in the Huntsville area instead.
Baldwin County Commissioner Chris Elliott says they believe their offer was very attractive but it all came down to location.
"This was a supply chain issue for Toyota/Mazda and they simply had more suppliers in the north Alabama/Tennessee valley area," said Elliot.
Elliott says the project would have brought hundreds of jobs to the area but while the loss is disappointing, it's only a minor setback.
"We're optimistic and continue to be optimistic about the Mega Site, especially when it pertains to advanced aeropsace engineering. There are projects on the table that we're looking at," Elliott said, "The good news here is that this was the only other competitive Mega Site left in Alabama. Now we're it. So the next big manufacturing project in the state will be right here in Baldwin County in our backyard."
Elliott said the county also added roughly 4,300 jobs this year alone.