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New business near closing on property in Lexington County’s Batesburg-Leesville Industrial Park

Batesburg-Leesville, SC (Paul Kirby) – Mayor Lancer Shull of the Town of Batesburg-Leesville said Tuesday morning on the Lexington Ledger’s Good Morning Lexington County show that the county was within days of landing another business in their industrial park in the town. Shull said that C.R. Jackson, a well-known heavy construction and paving company headquartered in Columbia, had made an offer to Lexington County on property near Fisher Tank. They plan to build a new asphalt plant there.

Shull said he was told that Jackson was investing $5 million dollars on the new facility. He said that the county had already had several readings on the ordinance to accept the contract of sale and the necessary public hearing. A spokesman for the county said that the third reading will be on Lexington County Council’s April 23rd agenda. That spokesman said the ordinance was for the sale of the property to C.R. Jackson’s affiliate,Independence Properties, Inc.

Mayor Shull said that he and other representatives of the area first had some reservations about this plant, but had done their due diligence before their council approved it. When they heard the prospect for the park was an asphalt plant, they visited several existing facilities run by C.R. Jackson. He described them as clean, orderly, and said they didn’t produce a particularly offensive odor. Shull said that with Vulcan’s stone and rock mine coming to the area, it seemed to make sense to locate the asphalt plant nearby. He also discussed the growth of the county and said the fact that many projections for development show more homes and businesses headed west of Lexington.

C.R. Jackson hasn’t released a timetable for getting the plant up and running.

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