By MELINDA WILLIAMS
Dublin Town Council voted Thursday to sell 3.6 acres of industrial property to Pulaski County Industrial Development Authority to be leased to Alexander Industries Inc.
Town Manager Bill Parker said the latest industry to locate within Pulaski County will construct a 25,000-square-foot steel shell building “dedicated to machining, assembly, prep and shipping of rifles” and “ammo loading of various calibers of smokeless powder rounds.”
Parker said Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms officials indicate smokeless powder is a fire threat rather than an explosive threat, but “we have elected to have the State Fire Marshal’s Office” review Alexander’s plans “to make sure we get this right.”
Mayor Benny Skeens explained that the town wants to make sure neighboring properties are properly protected should there be a fire at the business. Alexander’s facility will have a full sprinkler system, according to Parker.
No one from the public spoke on the property sale during a public hearing held Thursday night.
Alexander Industries is investing $2.88 million to construct the plant in Dublin Industrial Park and create 64 new jobs. The business was established in Radford in 2001 and considered relocating to South Dakota or Texas before settling on the Dublin location.