Lewisburg courting church supply firm

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Lewisburg's industrial recruiter was scheduled to be in Arizona today to close on the sale of city business park property and related agreements to establish another employer in the city.

Terry Wallace's trip to Phoenix is because Autom Church Supply Co. has announced plans to spend $25,000 on 25 acres for its new distribution center, according to discussion at Lewisburg City Hall.

The plan was revealed in October. Delays in finalization included various developments which were discussed Monday during a meeting of the city's industrial Development Board.

The project has grown from a minimum of $4.3 million to what is now estimated at $5.65 million for land and construction of the distribution center.

Thirty jobs could be available at Autom's center by this time next year, according to discussion among city officials. Construction could begin this spring.

Plans to move Autom's distribution center became known publicly during a city council meeting last fall, but closing on the deal was seen Monday by the Industrial Development Board as something that would be accomplished this week.